Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine effective at preventing severe outcomes from 2 variants: studies

Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was found to be extremely effective at preventing severe outcomes — like hospitalization and death — caused by more transmissible or vaccine-resistant variants, according to two recently-published … Read More

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approved for Canadians 12 and over, Health Canada says

Health Canada is authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 15, meaning that the jab is now approved for anyone over the age of 12 in Canada. … Read More

Canada set to receive 2M Pfizer doses this week as company ramps up delivery

Canada is set to begin receiving more than two million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine each week as the two pharmaceutical firms ramp up their deliveries and begin shipping shots … Read More

Pfizer to seek Health Canada approval for COVID-19 vaccine use in kids 12-15 within weeks

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is planning to submit the necessary documents to Health Canada “in the next couple of weeks” to seek approval for its COVID-19 vaccine to be used in … Read More

Pfizer, BioNTech ask U.S. to allow COVID-19 vaccine emergency use in adolescents

Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE on Friday asked U.S. regulators to allow the emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15. The vaccine … Read More

Pfizer requests U.S. emergency use for its COVID-19 vaccine in kids aged 12-15

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said on Friday they have requested the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand the emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged … Read More

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine protects kids aged 12-15 in trial

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Wednesday their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective and produced robust antibody responses in 12-to 15-year olds, paving the way for them to seek … Read More

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective in protecting kids aged 12-15 in trial

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Wednesday their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective and produced robust antibody responses in 12- to 15-year olds, paving the way for them to … Read More

Hong Kong halts use of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine due to defective packaging

Hong Kong suspended use of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine Wednesday after its Chinese distributor informed the city that one batch had defective bottle lids. The city’s government said the suspension … Read More

Mild, temporary vaccine side effects? That’s a sign they’re working, experts say

Sore arm, fatigue, muscle pain and fever are some of the side effects being reported in those receiving COVID-19 vaccines, and experts say that’s mostly a good thing. Vaccines are … Read More

Canada expecting 1M Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses a week until early May

Canada is getting a better picture of how many COVID-19 vaccines will funnel into the country this spring, with the federal government confirming a significant increase from Pfizer-BioNTech. Prime Minister … Read More

Can COVID-19 vaccines reduce transmission? Here’s what we know so far

If you have received the coveted coronavirus vaccine shot, there is both good and bad news. While there is a high probability you will not get sick with COVID-19, there … Read More

Johnson & Johnson vaccine approved in Canada. How does it compare to the others?

Canada has now approved four different coronavirus vaccines after giving the green light to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 shot. Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot joins a growing arsenal of vaccines … Read More

A 3rd dose of Pfizer? Company testing booster of COVID-19 vaccine in new trial

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Thursday they are testing a third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine to better understand the immune response against new variants of the virus. … Read More

COVID-19 vaccines cut risk of severe infection, Scotland study shows 

Scotland’s vaccination drive appears to be markedly reducing the risk of hospitalisation for COVID-19, suggesting that both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca shots are highly effective in preventing severe infections, preliminary … Read More

Leading B.C. doctor says 1 shot of COVID-19 vaccine is good enough — for now

Should Canadian public health officials be keeping second doses of COVID-19 vaccine on ice until all high-risk people get their first shot? It’s a possibility Dr. Danuta Skowronski, epidemiology lead … Read More

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine reduces virus transmission, Israel studies find 

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine greatly reduces virus transmission, two Israeli studies have found, shedding light on one of the biggest questions of the global effort to quash the pandemic. Data analysis … Read More

Here’s where Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 immunization rollout stands

Newfoundland and Labrador continues vaccinating its first priority groups as it battles the largest COVID-19 outbreak the province has seen since the start of the pandemic. The province is currently … Read More

P.E.I. is vaccinating its first priority groups. Here’s where its rollout stands

Prince Edward Island says it expects to finish immunizing most of its first priority groups by the end of March in the first phase of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Meanwhile, … Read More

New Brunswick revises COVID-19 vaccine plan. Here’s where it stands in the rollout

New Brunswick health officials have announced changes to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, after shipment delays and re-routed doses dented the province’s distribution plan. Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical … Read More

Here’s where Nova Scotia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout plan stands

Nova Scotia has passed the halfway mark of Phase 1 in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan. Following shipment delays and re-routed doses, the province is expecting to receive its largest … 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

Japan’s coronavirus vaccine roll-out hampered by shortage of necessary syringes

Fears are growing in Japan, where an inoculation drive against COVID-19 will begin on Wednesday, that millions of doses of Pfizer vaccine could be wasted due to a shortage of … Read More

Ottawa still blocking provinces from ordering vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna: Pallister

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said the federal government’s contracts with key coronavirus vaccine suppliers like Pfizer and Moderna forbid those companies from selling in separate deals to provinces. In an … Read More

Canada to squeeze extra vaccine dose from Pfizer vials. It’s not as easy as it seems

What may seem like a small change, could make a big impact. Health Canada’s approval to get six doses instead of five from Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine vials has been touted … Read More

Parkinson’s disease patients should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines: experts

People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) should be given priority to get the coronavirus vaccines because they are at a high risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19, some experts say. … Read More

Pfizer vaccine label changes could force Canada into global syringe race

Pfizer and BioNTech will cut back on how many vials of COVID-19 vaccine they send Canada this year if the federal health regulator agrees to change the vaccine label to … Read More

How can we get more vaccines faster? Experts say ‘it’s just not that easy’

With demand for COVID-19 vaccines outpacing the world’s supplies, a frustrated public and policymakers want to know: How can we get more? A lot more. Right away. The problem: “It’s … Read More

Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine contender: Medicago’s breakthrough, ties to Big Tobacco and warnings a pandemic was coming

Under a winter’s snow cover on the outskirts of Quebec City, a high-tech greenhouse, set at a balmy 23 C, is growing row after row of a weed that could … Read More

Watch live as federal officials discuss COVID-19, vaccine rollout in Canada

As Canada sinks further into a winter of rising COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the speed and efficiency of vaccinations are top of mind. According to many, it’s not happening … Read More

Watch live as Trudeau, officials discuss COVID-19 and vaccine rollout

As Canada sinks further into a winter of rising COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the speed and efficiency of vaccinations are top of mind. According to many, it’s not happening … Read More

Canada’s September vaccine target could hinge on other approvals

Canada’s goal to acquire enough COVID-19 vaccines for all Canadians could hinge, in part, on the approval of other candidates. While the planned deliveries of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will … Read More

Pfizer says its coronavirus vaccine appears to work against U.K., South Africa variants

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine appeared to work against a key mutation in the highly transmissible new variants of the coronavirus discovered in the UK and South Africa, according to … Read More

Immune but infectious: Can someone vaccinated against COVID-19 still spread the virus?

As the cross-Canada roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines continues this week, it’s still unclear whether the injections can actually prevent the spread of the virus. While both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna … Read More

Nova Scotia releases phased plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Nova Scotia has released its phased approach to COVID-19 vaccine distribution in 2021, and it includes plans to receive enough doses to vaccinate half a million people in the next … Read More

‘Real tension’: Should all coronavirus vaccine volunteers now get the real thing?

Tens of thousands of people have volunteered to test COVID-19 vaccines, but only about half of them got the real thing during trials. Now, with the first vaccine rollouts and … Read More

Why jumping the coronavirus vaccine queue is a problem

As coronavirus vaccines continue to roll out to high-priority vulnerable groups in Canada, it might be a few months until a young, healthy adult would be able to get vaccinated … Read More

Threats to coronavirus vaccines among reasons military leading rollout: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the possibility of threats to the country’s precious supply of coronavirus vaccines is among the reasons why the military is leading distribution. In a year-end … Read More

Christmas comes early as first Moderna vaccines arrive in Canada

It may be only Christmas Eve, but Canadians are getting an early present with the arrival of the first doses of the highly-awaited Moderna coronavirus vaccine in the country. One day … Read More

Over 1 million Americans receive coronavirus vaccine as millions more doses sit on ice

Millions of COVID-19 vaccines are sitting unused in U.S. hospitals and elsewhere a week into the massive inoculation campaign, putting the government’s target for 20 million vaccinations this month in … Read More

Canada adds 6,846 new coronavirus cases as country approves Moderna vaccine

Canada added 6,846 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the country’s total case count to 527,930. Provincial health authorities also confirmed another 172 people have died after … Read More

Prince Edward Island says 1,500 front-line workers to be vaccinated by end of day

About 1,500 front-line health-care workers in Prince Edward Island will have received the first of two required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the day Tuesday, the … Read More

COMMENTARY: COVID-19 would have been worse without recent advances in science

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, has killed approximately 2.2 per cent of those worldwide who are known to have contracted it. But the situation could be a … Read More

First COVID-19 vaccines given in New Brunswick

New Brunswick has begun vaccinating health-care workers and long-term care residents against the coronavirus in Miramichi. “We’re really quite excited, people are pumped up, they’re believing it’s a historic day … Read More

U.S. investigating 5 allergic reactions to Pfizer coronavirus vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating around five allergic reactions that happened after people were administered Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine in the United States this … Read More

The EU price list for COVID-19 vaccines was leaked. Will Canada release its prices?

The office of Canada’s minister in charge of procuring its stockpile of the coronavirus vaccine said they won’t yet be sharing the prices they’re paying per dose after reports that … Read More

U.S. is planning to vaccinate 39 million more people than Canada this year. Here’s why

The United States is aiming to distribute about 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines this year, with 100 million Americans expected to be vaccinated by the end of March 2021, … Read More

Will the coronavirus vaccine cause infertility? Here’s what you need to know

If you clicked on this story, chances are you’re among the growing number of people looking for answers about whether the coronavirus vaccine is safe for pregnant people, or about … Read More

Thousands of Canadians have recovered from COVID-19. Do they need the vaccine?

Nearly 400,000 Canadians who contracted COVID-19 have recovered — and that’s just those officially reported. Do they still need to get the vaccine? While there is a growing body of … Read More

Alaskan health worker stable after allergic reaction to Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine

An Alaskan health worker had a serious allergic reaction after getting Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine, but is now stable, public health authorities said on Wednesday. The adverse reaction … Read More