Most past vaccine reactions don’t warrant exemptions to COVID-19 shots: experts

Dr. Mariam Hanna noticed an uptick in requests for allergy assessments in her Burlington, Ont., clinic after the province began implementing COVID-19 vaccine certificates last month. Whether people have held … Read More

Dozens of U.S. lawsuits demand unproven ivermectin for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Mask rules, vaccination mandates and business shutdowns have all landed in the courts during the COVID-19 outbreak, confronting judges with questions of science and government authority. Now they are increasingly … Read More

Russia surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 daily deaths for the first time 

Russia‘s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday … Read More

Religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandate: Here’s what we know, what we don’t

With the final deadlines for federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates looming, many who haven’t yet received the jab are scrambling to take their shot, preparing to face consequences, or seeking an … Read More

Service Canada braces for surge in passport renewals amid U.S. land border reopening

Pierce Schoel thought he might be able to avoid a long wait at the passport office in Kitchener, Ont. by going in the middle of the day. He was surprised … Read More

U.S. FDA panel backs booster shot for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

U.S. health advisers endorsed a booster of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine Friday, citing growing worry that Americans who got the single-dose shot aren’t as protected as those given two-dose … Read More

U.S. focused on easing vaccine patents, creating greater access to technology

A top U.S. trade official said Thursday the Biden administration remains committed to an easing of rules that protect the technology behind coronavirus vaccines so that they can be produced … Read More

Russia hits record number of COVID-19 deaths amid surge in new cases

Russia on Thursday recorded the highest daily numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic, a rapidly surging toll that has severely strained the nation’s health … Read More

U.S. to reopen Canada, Mexico land border to vaccinated travellers in early November

The United States is set to reopen its land borders with Canada and Mexico in early November to travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to U.S. officials. Senior … Read More

U.S. to reopen Canada land border to vaccinated travellers in November: congressman

The United States is set to reopen its land borders with Canada in early November to travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a U.S. congressman said late Tuesday. New … Read More

Boeing makes COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for U.S. employees

The Boeing Co. has told employees they must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or possibly be fired. The Seattle Times reports the deadline for workers at the aerospace giant is Dec. … Read More

First e-cigarette authorized in the U.S., FDA cites benefit for smokers

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized an electronic cigarette, saying the vaping device from R.J. Reynolds can help smokers cut back on conventional cigarettes. … Read More

Texas governor bans enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday to prohibit any entity, including private business, from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers and called on state lawmakers to … Read More

Moderna doesn’t plan to share COVID-19 vaccine recipe with world, chairman says

Moderna has no plans to share the recipe for its COVID-19 vaccine because executives have concluded that scaling up the company’s own production is the best way to increase the … Read More

AstraZeneca COVID-19 drug prevents severe disease if given early, company says

AstraZeneca‘s antibody cocktail against COVID-19, which has proven to work as a preventative shot in the non-infected, was also shown to save lives and prevent severe disease when given as … Read More

Merck asks U.S. FDA for emergency stamp for COVID-19 tablet

Merck & Co Inc. said on Monday it has applied for U.S. emergency use authorization for its tablet to treat mild-to-moderate patients of COVID-19, putting it on course to become … Read More

Facebook will add new controls for kids on platforms after whistleblower report

Facebook, in the aftermath of damning testimony that its platforms harm children, will be introducing several features including prompting teens to take a break using its photo sharing app Instagram, … Read More

Texas anti-abortion law reinstated by U.S. appeals court

A federal appeals court has allowed Texas to resume banning most abortions, just one day after clinics began racing to serve patients again for the first time since early September. … Read More

Russia shatters COVID-19 death record as surge persists, killing 968 in a single day

Russia has recorded a new record-high daily death toll from COVID-19, continuing a persistent rise that has brought new records almost daily in October. The national coronavirus task force reported … Read More

COVID-19 pandemic led to anxiety surge, particularly among women: study

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a surge in anxiety and major depressive disorders across the world, particularly among women and young people, a study published in the Lancet on Friday … Read More

‘Havana syndrome’ cases at U.S. embassy in Berlin prompts police probe

German police are investigating several cases of the mysterious “Havana syndrome,” believed to have affected around 200 U.S. officials and family members worldwide, at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. The syndrome — a … Read More

Finland follows other Nordic countries by suspending Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

By Staff The Associated Press Posted October 8, 2021 6:46 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Finland has joined other Nordic … Read More

Remote Indigenous communities working with feds on mandatory COVID-19 vaccine exemptions

The federal government is working on exemptions to its newly released mandatory vaccine policy for people in remote Indigenous communities, many of which are only accessible by airplane. The new … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine for kids: Pfizer asks U.S. FDA for emergency approval

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech said on Thursday they had asked U.S. regulators to approve emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children aged from five to 11, Pfizer said in … Read More

Pfizer seeks U.S. approval for kids COVID-19 vaccine, Canada awaits submission

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech have asked U.S. regulators to approve emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, Pfizer said in a tweet on Thursday. The … Read More

U.S. set to purchase another 180 million COVID-19 rapid tests

The U.S. government is committing to purchase an additional 180 million rapid COVID-19 tests for $1 billion, adding to the $2 billion test buying plan it announced in September, a top U.S. … Read More

Denmark, Sweden press pause on Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for younger age groups

Sweden and Denmark said on Wednesday they are pausing the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups after reports of possible rare cardiovascular side effects. The Swedish health … Read More

More COVID-19 vaccine mandates coming as U.S. summer surge in cases wanes: officials

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are coming down again, hospitalizations are dropping, and new cases per day are about to dip below 100,000 for the first time in two months … Read More

Canada lacks ‘political will’ to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents, Bolivian minister says

It’s been five months since the Bolivian government called on Canada to allow COVID-19 vaccines to flow from a manufacturer in St. Catharines, Ont., to the Global South. Now, the … Read More

AstraZeneca seeks U.S. emergency approval for COVID-19 prevention drug

AstraZeneca has requested emergency use authorization from U.S. regulators for its new treatment to prevent COVID-19 for people who respond poorly to vaccines because of a weakened immune system. In … Read More

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness drops 6 months after 2nd dose: study

The effectiveness of the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccine in preventing infection by the coronavirus dropped to 47% from 88% six months after the second dose, according to data published on … Read More

Children hit hard by COVID-19 need mental health support, UN report warns

Governments must pour more money and resources into preserving the mental well-being of children and adolescents, the U.N.’s child protection agency urged in a report Tuesday that sounded alarms about … Read More

Israel adds COVID-19 booster shot requirement to its vaccine passport

Israel restricted its COVID Green Pass on Sunday to allow only those who have received a vaccine booster dose or recently recuperated from coronavirus to enter indoor venues. The new … Read More

‘Mind your own uterus’: U.S. women march for abortion rights

The first Women’s March of the Biden administration heads straight for the steps of the Supreme Court on Saturday, part of nationwide protests demanding continued access to abortion in a … Read More

Experimental pill fights COVID-19, drug-maker Merck claims

Merck & Co. said Friday that its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the coronavirus and that it would soon ask health … Read More

Australia to lift 18-month travel ban on foreign travel in November

Australia has outlined plans to lift a pandemic ban on its vaccinated citizens traveling overseas from November. But no date has yet been set for welcoming international tourists back. Travel … Read More

More than 2M U.S. school kids report using e-cigarettes in 2021, CDC says

An estimated 2.06 million U.S. middle and high school students are using electronic-cigarettes with Juul and Vuse among the most popular products, according to data from a 2021 survey analyzed … Read More

R.1 COVID-19 variant not an ‘imminent threat’ as Delta stays dominant: expert

A COVID-19 variant making headlines in the United States is not circulating in Canada, nor is likely to overtake the dominant Delta strain. Recently, stories in American news outlets about … Read More

Experts concerned COVID-19 booster shots will hurt efforts to reach the unvaccinated

The spread of COVID-19 vaccination requirements across the U.S. hasn’t had the desired effect so far, with the number of Americans getting their first shots plunging in recent weeks. And … Read More

YouTube moves to ban all anti-vaccine content from its platform

YouTube will block all anti-vaccine content, moving beyond its ban on false information about the COVID-19 vaccines to include content that contains misinformation about other approved vaccines, it said in … Read More

37% of COVID-19 patients show at least one long-term symptom, study finds

At least one long-term COVID-19 symptom was found in 37 per cent of patients three to six months after they were infected by the virus, a large study from Oxford … Read More

Pfizer sends kids’ COVID-19 vaccine trial data to U.S. FDA

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE submitted initial trial data for their COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 5 to 11 to U.S. regulators on Tuesday and said they would make a … Read More

U.S. President Joe Biden receives COVID-19 booster shot following CDC backing

U.S. President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation on Monday, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra … Read More

Canadian snowbirds concerned as U.S. land border closure drags on

As fall kicks off and winter approaches, Canadian snowbirds are busy planning their trips down south with greater interest this year. While the threat of COVID-19 in Canada and the … Read More

COVID-19 booster shots could rake in billions for some vaccine makers

Billions more in profits are at stake for some vaccine makers as the U.S. moves toward dispensing COVID-19 booster shots to shore up Americans’ protection against the virus. How much … Read More

Pricey COVID-19 antibody treatment gets WHO approval

By Staff The Associated Press Posted September 24, 2021 8:58 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The World Health Organization is … Read More

U.S. CDC overrules advisors, recommends COVID-19 boosters for all high-risk people

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination … Read More

COVID-19: Nasal antibody spray could be ‘future’ of vaccines, experts says

The use of a nasal spray to administer a new COVID-19 treatment, developed from tiny llama antibodies, could potentially be the future of administering vaccines and protecting against infectious diseases, … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine boosters recommended for 65+, at-risk people: U.S. CDC advisers

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel on Thursday recommended a booster shot of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older and … Read More

Novavax seeks WHO approval for emergency listing of COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax Inc and its partner Serum Institute of India have applied to the World Health Organization for an emergency use listing of Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine, potentially clearing the way for … Read More