Alberta scaling back on testing for variants of concern so labs can keep up with general COVID-19 testing: AHS

As Alberta continues to be inundated with new COVID-19 cases that are also swamping hospitals, the province’s health authority confirmed Friday that testing for variants of concern is being significantly … Read More

Here are the COVID-19 variants scientists are watching alongside Delta

The continued spread of the COVID-19 virus has spawned a Greek alphabet of variants – a naming system used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to track concerning new mutations … Read More

The Lambda COVID-19 variant is in Canada. How worried should we be?

Another COVID-19 variant, called Lambda, has been identified in Canada – responsible for 11 cases in the country so far, according to Health Canada. While there are still many unanswered … Read More

Delta variant to account for 90% of COVID-19 cases in EU by end-August: health agency

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Wednesday the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, first identified in India, will represent 90 per cent of all SARS-CoV-2 viruses circulating … Read More

Most labs in Canada not fully able to detect Delta COVID-19 variant, experts warn

Canada’s current efforts to identify COVID-19 variants, especially that of Delta B.1.617, may not be enough to truly track its spread across the country, according to several experts. According to … Read More

COVID-19 variants given new names using Greek alphabet, WHO says

Coronavirus variants with clunky, alphanumeric names have now been assigned the letters of the Greek alphabet to simplify discussion and pronunciation while avoiding stigma. The World Health Organization revealed the … Read More

Premier Doug Ford renews calls for tighter border controls to rein in COVID-19 variants

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford is renewing his calls for tighter controls on domestic travellers and those who arrive through land crossings, saying Ottawa has yet to respond to … Read More

Risk from COVID-19 virus variants remains after first Pfizer shot: study

A single dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine may not generate a sufficient immune response to protect against dominant new variants, except in people who have already been infected with COVID-19, … Read More

Risk from COVID-19 variants remains after first Pfizer shot: study

A single dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine may not generate a sufficient immune response to protect against dominant new variants, except in people who have already been infected with COVID-19, … Read More

Canadian doctors, Ryan Reynolds and other celebs team up to tackle vaccine hesitancy

Doctors and other front-line professionals, backed by Canadian celebrities, have banded together to get accurate vaccine information to those most at risk of contracting COVID-19. Read more: Have a vaccine … Read More

Nova Scotia hospitals learning from rest of Canada about possible COVID patient spike

Health officials in Nova Scotia say they are learning from the rest of the country as it prepares for the arrival of a third wave of COVID-19. Nova Scotia has … Read More

Doctors say COVID-19 variants put pregnant women at greater risk, cite ‘urgent’ need for vaccines

Ariane Chang is in her last trimester of being pregnant and with less than five weeks to go, she says she has been fortunate to have had a healthy and … Read More

‘Tipping point’: A look inside Canada’s hospitals as COVID-19 variants surge

Seuyan was hospitalized at the Humber River Hospital in Toronto for nearly two weeks after testing positive for the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant last month. The 55-year-old registered massage therapist said … Read More

With COVID-19 variant cases on the rise, what do experts recommend?

Just as vaccination drives are picking up steam across Canada, deadlier and possibly more transmissible COVID-19 variants are spiking up infection rates among Canadians. “It’s very concerning,” Dr. Susy Hota, … Read More

Variants threatening progress in containing spread of COVID-19, Tam says

Canada’s top doctor says there’s concern that an increase in more transmissible variants of the COVID-19 virus may be threatening the country’s progress in containing the spread of infections. And … Read More

Canada adds over 4,000 new COVID-19 cases for 1st time in months

Canada’s top doctor says there’s concern that an increase in more transmissible variants of the COVID-19 virus may be threatening the country’s progress in containing the spread of infections. And … Read More

Have COVID-19 variants pushed Canada into a third wave of the pandemic?

There are growing concerns that Canada has hit a new milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic amid rising cases of more transmissible variants. The Ontario Hospital Association issued a stark warning … Read More

Ontario Hospital Association declares 3rd COVID-19 wave, cites sharp rise in variant cases

The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is warning the province has entered the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, citing a sharp increase in new variant-of-concern (VOC) cases and rising admissions … Read More

Ontario Hospital Association, science advisor say province in 3rd COVID-19 wave amid spike in variant cases

The key member of the provincial COVID-19 Science Advisory Table and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) are warning the province has entered the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, citing … Read More

New variants mean more vaccination needed for herd immunity: Health Canada

With new coronavirus variants gaining a foothold in Canada, the percentage of vaccinated Canadians required to achieve herd immunity is increasing, Health Canada’s chief medical adviser said on Monday. Read … Read More

Canada’s coronavirus variants at ‘critical juncture,’ despite decline in cases: Tam

Canada’s chief public health officer said Sunday that the collective efforts to fight COVID-19 are paying off, even as the country sits at a ‘critical juncture’ in the fight against … Read More

As COVID-19 variants spread, why are global coronavirus cases declining?

In an encouraging sign for the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of new coronavirus cases around the world and in Canada is continuing to fall this year. For the fifth consecutive … Read More

Booster shots, new clinical trials: What the COVID-19 variants could mean for vaccines

In a bid to end the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of coronavirus vaccines were developed in record time last year. Now, new more transmissible variants that have emerged in different … Read More

PHAC monitoring reports of 2 COVID-19 variants merging into heavily mutated hybrid

Canada’s public health agency says it’s monitoring reports of two COVID-19 variants — first thought to have originated in the U.K. and California — combining to make one heavily-mutated hybrid. … Read More

‘Perfect storm’: Is Canada headed for a third wave of COVID-19?

There are growing concerns that the spread of more contagious COVID-19 variants could spark a third wave of the coronavirus in Canada as provinces ease restrictions. All 10 provinces have … Read More

Notley blasts Kenney for lifting health restrictions as new COVID-19 variants arrive in Alberta

Opposition Leader Rachel Notley criticized Premier Jason Kenney on Friday for announcing the lifting of more public health restrictions just days after the health minister said strong public health measures … Read More

How tracking variants of the novel coronavirus is like building a family tree

Scientists around the world are digging into a family tree — but they’re not out to prepare for a family reunion. Virologists, epidemiologists, doctors and microbiologists are trying to track … Read More

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