Conflicting COVID-19 mask advice leads to confusion in U.S. amid Delta variant surge

A COVID-19 surge ignited in parts of the United States by the highly contagious Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy has led to new mask mandates and deep confusion among some … Read More

While some U.S. Republicans push COVID-19 vaccine, experts warn it may be too late

Republican politicians in the U.S. are under increasing pressure to speak out to persuade COVID-19 vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as a new, more … Read More

Longer gap between Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shots boosts antibodies higher, study finds

A longer gap between doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine leads to higher overall antibody levels than a shorter gap, a British study found on Friday, but there is a sharp … Read More

‘Now is the perfect time to be involved in space’: Edmonton physician and space scientist

It’s been an exciting week for Dr. Shawna Pandya and her “space friends.” The Brandon, Man.-born, Edmonton-raised physician, aquanaut and scientist-astronaut candidate has been fascinated by space travel as long … Read More

COVID-19 outbreaks among unvaccinated NFL players could lead to forfeited games

NFL teams have been warned they could forfeit a game due to a COVID-19 outbreak among non-vaccinated players, and players on both teams wouldn’t get paid that week. “As we … Read More

Global Affairs Canada won’t say if diplomats in Vienna hit amid Havana syndrome reports

Global Affairs Canada is not saying whether any Canadian diplomats stationed in the Austrian capital have reported experiencing symptoms of what’s become known as Havana syndrome. It comes as the … Read More

Global Affairs Canada confirms no Canadians in Vienna hit amid Havana syndrome reports

Global Affairs Canada has now confirmed there are no reports of Canadian diplomats stationed in the Austrian capital experiencing symptoms of what’s become known as Havana syndrome. The response, issued following … Read More

China ‘taken aback’ by WHO’s plan for 2nd probe into origins of COVID-19

China cannot accept the World Health Organization’s plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday. Zeng Yixin, the … Read More

Biden pleads with Americans to get COVID-19 vaccines: ‘It’s gigantically important’

U.S. President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration Wednesday over the slowing COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. and pleaded that it’s “gigantically important” for Americans to step up and get … Read More

Canadian travellers frustrated as U.S. cruise lines won’t recognize mixing-and-matching COVID-19 vaccines

Some Canadians are frustrated after cruise lines in the United States issued policies stating they do not recognize mixing-and-matching of COVID-19 vaccines as being fully vaccinated. Thousands of Canadians heeded … Read More

Sarnia, Ont. mayor expects U.S. border restrictions for Canada to last past Aug. 21

The mayor of Sarnia, Ont., which borders Port Huron, Mich., is anticipating that border restrictions announced by the United States government on Wednesday will extend beyond Aug. 21. Mayor Mike … Read More

U.S. life expectancy fell by 1.5 years in 2020, largely thanks to COVID-19: CDC

Life expectancy in the United States fell by a year and a half in 2020 to 77.3 years, the lowest level since 2003, primarily due to the deaths caused by … Read More

China reports its first human death from rare monkey B virus

China says it has recorded its first primate-to-human infection and death involving the monkey B virus, a rare and deadly pathogen that remains little-understood in some parts of the world. … Read More

Masks, robots, bracelets: How COVID-19 has transformed hajj for Muslim pilgrims

Tens of thousands of vaccinated Muslim pilgrims circled Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday, but remained socially distanced and wore masks as the coronavirus takes its toll on the … Read More

U.K.’s Johnson reverses plan to skip COVID-19 quarantine after backlash

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will spend 10 days self-isolating after contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, his office said Sunday — reversing an earlier announcement that he would not … Read More

Want Gen Z on the COVID-19 vaccine train? Fresh online push is key, experts say

Tori Pareno became a face of Luminosity Gaming’s #LGIGotTheShot campaign when she was vaccinated against COVID-19 last year. “I did it because I wanted to be with my loved ones. … Read More

Thousands protest in France against COVID-19 vaccinations, passes

Over 100,000 people protested across France on Saturday against the government’s latest measures to push people to get vaccinated and curb rising infections by the delta variant of the coronavirus. … Read More

Facebook says it’s ‘not the reason’ U.S. is failing to meet COVID-19 vaccine goals

Facebook on Saturday defended itself against U.S. President Joe Biden‘s assertion that the social media platform is “killing people” by allowing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines to proliferate, saying the facts … Read More

Growing vaccine hostility in U.S. will be extremely difficult to fix, experts warn

Last weekend, a speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas crowed that U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration had failed to “sucker” most of the American people into getting … Read More

U.K. reverses easing France travel restrictions as health chief catches COVID-19

Tourists and the travel industry vented frustration and anger on Saturday after Britain reversed a plan to ease travel restrictions on France just two days after they were due to … Read More

COVID-19 pandemic in U.S. ‘is among the unvaccinated’, Biden says

Two weeks after celebrating America’s near “independence” from the coronavirus, President Joe Biden is confronting the worrying reality of rising cases and deaths _ and the limitations of his ability … Read More

‘Unethical and illogical’: scientists slam U.K.’s COVID-19 unlocking plans

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to reopen England’s economy from coronavirus lockdown on July 19, but if he does so, it won’t be without disquiet from some of the … Read More

Canada-U.S. border news lauded by lawmaker who fought COVID-19 travel rules

The member of Congress who led the charge against travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border is cheering the news that their days may finally be numbered. New York’s Rep. Brian … Read More

COVID-19 Delta variant now dominant strain worldwide, U.S. officials say

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is now the dominant strain worldwide, accompanied by a surge of deaths around the United States almost entirely among unvaccinated people, U.S. officials said Friday. … Read More

Hungary to offer optional 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose, prime minister says

Hungary will offer the option of taking a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from Aug. 1 and will make coronavirus vaccines mandatory for all healthcare workers, Prime Minister Viktor … Read More

It was ‘premature’ to rule out COVID-19 lab leak theory, WHO chief says

The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and a laboratory leak, and he said Thursday he … Read More

WHO asks China to be ‘transparent,’ provide raw data on COVID-19 origins

The head of the World Health Organisation said on Thursday that investigations into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic in China were being hampered by the lack of raw data … Read More

‘Staggering loss’: U.S. reported record overdose deaths amid COVID-19 pandemic

Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,000 drug … Read More

‘Staggering loss’: U.S. reported record drug overdose deaths amid COVID-19 pandemic

Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,000 drug … Read More

Fired official says Tennessee has halted COVID-19 vaccine outreach to teenagers

Tennessee’s former top vaccinations official said she couldn’t stay silent after she was fired this week amid scrutiny from Republican state lawmakers over her department’s outreach efforts to vaccinate teenagers … Read More

Will Canada’s COVID-19 babies face ‘immunity debt’? Here’s what experts say

For Leeanna Palumbo, maternity leave during a global pandemic has been secluded and mostly homebound. “I kept my bubble just to my parents and my inlaws,” the Burlington, Ont., first-time … Read More

France sets vaccine appointment record after Macron ramps up pressure with policy

More than 1 million people in France made vaccine appointments in less than a day, figures showed on Tuesday, after the president cranked up pressure on everyone to get vaccinated to save … Read More

Fully vaccinated Americans don’t need a booster shot right now: officials

U.S. health officials, after meeting with vaccine maker Pfizer, reiterated on Monday that Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need to get a booster shot, a spokesperson for the Health and … Read More

Israel will have to ‘learn to live’ with COVID-19 at Delta variant surges: PM

Four weeks ago, Israel was celebrating a return to normal life in its battle with COVID-19. After a rapid vaccination drive that had driven down coronavirus infections and deaths, Israelis had … Read More

Israel will have to ‘learn to live’ with COVID-19 as Delta variant surges: PM

Four weeks ago, Israel was celebrating a return to normal life in its battle with COVID-19. After a rapid vaccination drive that had driven down coronavirus infections and deaths, Israelis had … Read More

Mixing COVID-19 vaccines a ‘dangerous trend,’ WHO chief scientist says

The World Health Organization‘s chief scientist on Monday advised against people mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers, calling it a “dangerous trend” since there was little data available … Read More

Pfizer to pitch COVID-19 vaccine booster shots at meeting with U.S. officials

Pfizer says it plans to meet with top U.S. health officials Monday to discuss the drugmaker’s request for federal authorization of a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President … Read More

Canada donating 17.7M AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines amid global disparities

Procurement Minister Anita Anand says the Canadian government will donate a total of 17.7 million additional doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX vaccine sharing program. It comes … Read More

Britain to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions by July 19, health chief says

All remaining lockdown restrictions in England will be lifted in a week despite a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, Britain’s health secretary said Monday, adding it’s the right time to … Read More

U.K. to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions by July 19, health chief says

All remaining lockdown restrictions in England will be lifted in a week despite a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, Britain’s health secretary said Monday, adding it’s the right time to … Read More

U.K. to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions but pandemic ‘not over yet’: PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge caution on Monday as he confirms plans to remove nearly all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England from July 19, despite a surge in … Read More

Fully vaccinated Americans do not need COVID-19 booster shots right now: Fauci

The top U.S. infectious diseases expert said Sunday “it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely” that Americans will need a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months, but … Read More

Canada has ‘a practical and a moral duty’ to fight COVID-19 around the world: Freeland

Canada’s deputy prime minister, Chrystia Freeland, says we have a responsibility to make sure COVID-19 isn’t only quashed within our own borders, but abroad as well. Her comments come on … Read More

Poor global vaccine access could create COVID-19 variants, risk economic recovery: G20

The global economic recovery is at risk from the rise of new coronavirus variants and poor access to vaccines in developing countries, finance ministers of the world’s 20 largest economies … Read More

Indonesia faces oxygen shortage as hospitals buckle from surge in COVID-19 cases

Just two months ago, Indonesia was coming to a gasping India’s aid with thousands tanks of oxygen. Today, the Southeast Asia country is running out of oxygen as it endures … Read More

Sydney’s 3-week COVID-19 lockdown may be extended as cases reach new high for 2021

Australian authorities on Friday pleaded with Sydney’s five million residents to stay home, warning a three-week lockdown may be extended as they struggle to control a COVID-19 outbreak, with the … Read More

Southeast Asia struggles to contain Delta variant amid record COVID-19 surges

Having escaped the worst when the coronavirus pandemic erupted last year, Southeast Asia is now suffering record rises in deaths and cases, while vaccination shortfalls and highly contagious variants have … Read More

Pfizer developing booster shot to combat COVID-19 Delta variant

Pfizer and BioNTech said Thursday they are developing a COVID-19 booster shot to target the highly transmissible Delta variant. In an email to Global News, the companies confirmed that they … Read More

Over 4 million people worldwide have now died from COVID-19

The global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million Wednesday as the crisis increasingly becomes a race between the vaccine and the highly contagious delta variant. The tally of lives … Read More

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