Mixing COVID-19 vaccines appears safe — but no data on whether it works, U.K. study says

New preliminary data suggests that mixing Pfizer-BioNtech and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines is safe, but it’s still too soon to tell whether combining doses will provide protection against the virus. The … Read More

Why are people reporting irregular menstruation after the COVID-19 shot? Experts explain.

As you’re about to head home from your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, your care provider might warn you of a sore arm or even a fever. But what about an irregular … 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

COVID-19 mutations that could ‘evade immune response’ flagged by Indian scientists

A forum of scientific advisers set up by the Indian government has told authorities about minor mutations in some samples of the coronavirus that could “possibly evade immune response” and … 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

Why is opposition to lockdowns, masks and science growing? The psychology of defiance explained

You’ve probably witnessed them in Calgary, Barrie, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Peterborough or several other cities across Canada. Many Canadians have swapped out their masks for protest signs that call for … 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

#GenX wins social media as 40+ crowd flocks to get AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Several provinces lowered the eligible age bracket for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine this week, prompting Gen X’ers to proudly share their vaccination journeys on social media. Read more: Ontario, Alberta … Read More

What you can and can’t do once you’ve received your 1st COVID-19 vaccine dose

To date, more than 10.3 million people in Canada have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. With roughly 25 per cent of the Canadian population now vaccinated against the … Read More

Is it time to ditch disinfecting? CDC updates data surrounding COVID-19 surface transmission

If you look back at the past year, how much of your time has been dedicated to disinfecting alone? Minutes? Hours? Days? Well some recent CDC data seems to suggest … Read More

Should you get the vaccine if you’ve already had COVID-19?

More than one million Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. Should they also be signing up to get the vaccine when they’re eligible or does their prior infection … Read More

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine over 90% effective 6 months after booster shot, data shows

Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90 per cent effective against the virus at least six months after receiving a second dose. Referencing data released Tuesday from its … Read More

‘It feels like nothing’s changed’: Are COVID-19 lockdowns effective? Experts weigh in

As cases of COVID-19 continue to soar across the country, some provinces are locking down in a desperate effort to curb a third wave of the virus. But as Canadians … Read More

‘A gift’: Behind the double lung transplant that saved an Ontario COVID-19 patient’s life

Surgical director Dr. Marcelo Cypel has had his hands full during the COVID-19 pandemic. The University Health Network’s Ajmera Transplant Centre in Toronto, where he works, is the largest lung … Read More

Why rare blood clots could be a side effect of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The European Medicines Agency has ruled a link is “possible” between the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and rare but serious blood clots. Now the EU drug regulator says the disorder should … Read More

Want to get ahead of COVID-19 variants? Vaccinate young people, experts say

The imminent threat of COVID-19 variants has Canada, and much of the rest of the world, scrambling to ramp up its vaccination rollout. If provincial governments wish to curb their … Read More

With diabetes on the rise, Canadian doctor awarded for advancing treatment

A Canadian doctor has been awarded for his decades-long research on gut hormones that has advanced the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, obesity and intestinal disorders. Dr. Daniel Drucker, a … Read More

Why does AstraZeneca vaccine guidance keep changing? Experts weigh in

There is growing uncertainty around the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) issued new guidelines recommending that the shot should not be … Read More

Can vitamin D lower the risk of COVID-19? Here’s what we know so far

More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, the jury is still out on the link between vitamin D and COVID-19. Vitamin D is well-known for its role in keeping … Read More

Fact or Fiction: Will cleaning air ducts curb COVID-19 transmission?

Are you really having a regular pandemic week if your phone hasn’t buzzed at least two to three times with sales calls from air duct cleaners? This sudden interest in … Read More

Severe COVID-19 infections linked to higher stillbirth, preterm birth risks: study

New data from a Canadian study links COVID-19 to increased risk of pregnancy complications including preterm birth and stillbirth, with the risks rising if infection is severe. Montreal researchers conducted … Read More

Science says AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe. But will that ease concerns?

After initially saying AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shouldn’t be given to people above the age of 65, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) reversed its stance on Tuesday, announcing that … Read More

London, Ont., team researching COVID-19 impacts on brain zero in on ‘microbleeds’

Experts in brain imaging, cognitive neurology, infectious disease and other fields based in London, Ont., are working together to use an ultra-high-field MRI scanner to try to find out whether … Read More

Does AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine cause blood clots? Here’s what we know so far

Early Monday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vouched for the safety of Oxford University’s AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as reports of blood clots prompted several other countries to temporarily ban the … Read More

Moderna begins testing new COVID-19 vaccine that can be stored in refrigerators

By Manojna Maddipatla and Vishwadha Chander Reuters Posted March 15, 2021 5:08 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Moderna Inc said … Read More

AstraZeneca defends COVID-19 vaccine, says ‘no evidence’ of increased risk of blood clots

By Radhika Anilkumar Reuters Posted March 14, 2021 2:47 pm     Updated March 14, 2021 2:55 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font … Read More

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines under investigation ‘not shipped to Canada’, officials say

Canada has not received any AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines that were part of the batch under investigation for blood clots, Health Canada confirmed on Sunday. The agency said it had been … Read More

A look at the difference between COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and effectiveness

As Canada approves more COVID-19 vaccines, health officials are advising to take the first one made available to you despite its efficacy rate. Experts say a vaccine’s effectiveness and efficacy … Read More

The difference between COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and effectiveness

As Canada approves more COVID-19 vaccines, health officials are advising to take the first one made available to you despite its efficacy rate. Experts say a vaccine’s effectiveness and efficacy … Read More

COVID-19 survivors may only need one vaccine dose, study says

A single dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine could provide the same level of protection or higher in a person who has recovered from the virus than someone with no … Read More

Fact or Fiction: Is it time to shorten the 40-hour workweek?

Would you believe it if you heard Canadians used to work 10 hours a day … every day? In fact, the fight for an 8-hour workday began more than a … Read More

Should vaccinated people across Canada get certain freedoms? Here’s what health experts say

Ontario health officials are asking people who are vaccinated to continue following COVID-19 safety rules until more people get inoculated — but some health experts say Canada’s vaccinated population should … 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

Fact or Fiction: Are Black people more likely to get dismissed when seeking medical care?

Trigger warning: this story contains medical details and mention of trauma that may be disturbing to some readers.  Chantal Phillips still remembers the pain she experienced back in 2000. At … Read More

So you got a COVID-19 shot. Now what can you do?

More than a 1.4 million Canadians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and many are wondering what’s safe for them now. Can they hug their grandkids? … Read More

Canada has set aside $5B for COVID-19 vaccines, treatments

The Public Health Agency of Canada expects to spend up to $5 billion on vaccines and other COVID-19 treatments. Procurement Minister Anita Anand previously said vaccines alone would cost at … Read More

‘Risky’ or ‘incredible’? Experts split on delaying 2nd vaccine dose to expand coverage

Evidence supporting the COVID-19 vaccine’s effectiveness weeks after its first injection is piling up, Canada’s top public health official says. On Tuesday, Dr. Theresa Tam called the figures “incredible,” and said … Read More

Fauci says 3 approved COVID-19 vaccines ‘really quite good,’ urges public to accept shots

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said on Sunday he would take the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, as he encouraged Americans to accept any … Read More

Fact or Fiction: Has the public rushed into double masking?

With the threat of new COVID-19 variants growing by the day, it may seem like a good idea to just double up on masks as you’re heading out the door. … 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

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

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

AstraZeneca to test coronavirus vaccine response in children for 1st time

The University of Oxford has launched a study to assess the safety and immune response of the COVID-19 vaccine it has developed with AstraZeneca Plc in children for the first … Read More

Clinical trials start for VIDO’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate

Clinical trials have begun for another Canadian-made COVID-19 vaccine candidate, with three people receiving an initial dose on Wednesday. The Canadian Center for Vaccinology says the first of 108 healthy … Read More

2 masks are better than 1 to protect against coronavirus, CDC confirms

U.S. government researchers found that two masks are better than one in slowing coronavirus spread, but health officials stopped short of recommending that everyone double up. The Centers for Disease … Read More

Coronavirus variants are spreading throughout Canada. Is it still safe to reopen?

By Wednesday, regions that have been green-lit by health officials in four provinces in Canada will have reopened their economies — despite an increasing number of cases of novel coronavirus … Read More

China widens approval for coronavirus Sinovac vaccine use beyond high-risk groups

China has given broader approval for the domestic-made Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, expanding those who can receive it beyond the high-risk and priority groups already allowed under an emergency clearance. Regulators … Read More

Fact or Fiction: Are ‘circuit breaker’ lockdowns going to cut it? Or is it time for #COVIDZero?

Remember that time in the summer of 2020 when many provinces — including Ontario — eased their COVID-19 lockdown restrictions after the daily recorded cases plummeted? Well, some experts say … Read More

‘I’m a goner’: How COVID-19 compounds the challenges for Canada’s cancer patients

Just like his blood cancer diagnosis back in 2016, Brian Richardson says the coronavirus pandemic has thrown his whole life for a loop once again. The 26-year-old from Calgary, Alta., … Read More