Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta: WHO officially names COVID-19 variants of concern

The World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced a new naming convention for the coronavirus variants of concern, in a move aimed at eliminating the potential stigma around places where those … 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

Canada may see COVID-19 resurgence despite full vaccinations, experts say

Canada could see a resurgence of COVID-19 cases even if the country manages to fully vaccinate a majority of its population, according to experts. University of Saskatchewan epidemiologist Nazeem Muhajarine … Read More

U.K. urges caution on COVID-19 variant first seen in India. Should Canadians worry?

Rising cases of the B.1.617.2 variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, first identified in India, have U.K. authorities urging caution, even as they reopen pubs and allow gatherings across … Read More

Canada to face COVID-19 like yearly endemic flu due to variants, expert says

A Canadian health expert on the federal government’s COVID-19 Task Force says that Canada and the rest of the world will most likely see the novel coronavirus become a part … Read More

Novavax vaccine shows 51% efficacy in COVID-19 infections caused by B.1.351 variant

Novavax Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine had efficacy of 51 per cent against infections caused by the South African variant among people who were HIV negative, and 43 per cent in a … Read More

Hoping for a less restrictive summer? Officials say 75% of Canadians need 1st vaccine

If Canadians are hoping for a summer of fewer public health restrictions, then 75 per cent of adults need to get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according … Read More

COVID-19 variant first detected in India found in Canada. What we know so far

A so-called “double mutant” variant of COVID-19 feared to be driving a record surge in new cases in India has now been found in Canada. On Wednesday, British Columbia confirmed … Read More

COVID-19: Montreal newspaper blasted for front page photo of Trudeau in India

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted April 22, 2021 2:10 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The Journal de Montreal newspaper … Read More

Quebec premier wants Trudeau to tighten travel, land border restrictions to limit COVID-19 variants

Quebec is once again calling for tightened restrictions for international travel and land borders amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19 variants. Premier François Legault told reporters Thursday that he … Read More

Provinces want tightened travel, land border restrictions to limit COVID-19 variants: Legault

Quebec is once again calling for tightened restrictions for international travel and land borders amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19 variants. Premier François Legault told reporters Thursday that he … Read More

PM Trudeau warns young Canadians they can get sick ‘very quickly’ as variants surge

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is issuing a warning to young people as new COVID-19 variants continue to blanket the country, spreading quickly and sending younger Canadians into ICUs. His comments … 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

COVID-19 has changed. Should our outdoor behaviour shift too?

With new, more contagious COVID-19 variants circulating across the country, health officials are warning Canadians to stay vigilant, keep their distance and wear a mask. But what about gathering outside? … Read More

Gyms closing, school rules change again as Quebec tightens COVID-19 restrictions in certain zones

Quebec Premier François Legault announced a tightening of COVID-19 restrictions in the province’s red and orange zones as the number of new cases linked to variants continues to grow. The … Read More

U.S. expert says Canada is missing the chance to fight the P.1 COVID-19 variant

A top U.S. health expert who was among the first to sound the alarm about the COVID-19 pandemic last year is now raising concerns about the spread of the P.1 … Read More

Will the more deadly COVID-19 variants ruin our summer? Here’s what experts are saying

The weather is warming, the days are getting longer and many Canadians may be feeling the urge to enjoy the outdoors after a winter cooped up amid the coronavirus pandemic … Read More

Gripped by third COVID-19 wave, will new restrictions rescue Ontario?

Gripped by a third wave of COVID-19, Ontario is set to go into a provincewide shutdown again over the holiday weekend as climbing coronavirus cases and ICU admissions have overwhelmed … Read More

‘Hit the hardest’: Why COVID-19 cases are rising among young Canadians

As more seniors get vaccinated for COVID-19, Canada is seeing a shift in the coronavirus spread with an increasing number of cases among the younger population. While infections have declined … Read More

COVID-19 variants could see B.C. set new ICU record by early April: data expert

Experts are warning that British Columbia’s recent surge in new COVID-19 cases could see record pressure on B.C.’s hospitals as new variants of concern take hold in the community. On … Read More

Why is COVID-19 hitting more young people? Doctor answers your coronavirus questions

Canada is in the midst of finalizing a deal with the U.S. that could send 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine our way.  Infectious disease expert Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti … 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

COVID-19: Number of U.K. variant cases in B.C. climbs to 6, South Africa variant to 3

The number of known cases of COVID-19 variants in British Columbia climbed again on Friday. Health officials said they had confirmed six cases of the U.K. variant (B.1.1.7), and three … Read More

COVID-19 variants could be spreading across Canada. Are labs doing enough to detect them?

Canadian labs have detected about two dozen cases of concerning COVID-19 variants in our country so far. Read more: Community spread of new COVID-19 variants may be happening in Canada: … Read More