U.S. will not return to COVID-19 lockdowns despite Delta variant risks, Fauci predicts

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How women could be the solution to Canada’s post-COVID skilled labour shortage

A shortage of skilled workers is intensifying in Canada, potentially threatening the pace of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and that has policymakers looking at a largely untapped … Read More

Google rolls out COVID-19 vaccine mandate, delays workers’ return to office

Google is postponing a return to the office for most workers until mid-October and rolling out a policy that will eventually require everyone to be vaccinated once its sprawling campuses … 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

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

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

Easing COVID-19 restrictions amid low vaccination rates a ‘toxic mixture’, WHO warns

World Health Organization emergencies program head Michael Ryan said on Wednesday that countries with low COVID-19 vaccination rates, combined with the lifting of restrictions, was a “toxic mixture.” Read more: … Read More

‘Unfair and unjust’: experts explain why some countries still don’t have COVID-19 jabs

At the small hospital where Dr. Oumaima Djarma works in Chad’s capital, there are no debates over which COVID-19 vaccine is the best. There are simply no vaccines at all. … Read More

‘Unfair and unjust’: why some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all

At the small hospital where Dr. Oumaima Djarma works in Chad’s capital, there are no debates over which COVID-19 vaccine is the best. There are simply no vaccines at all. … Read More

Canada’s public health agency blindsided by COVID-19, scrambled to respond: AG report

OTTAWA —  A withered Public Health Agency of Canada dithered on pandemic preparedness, the federal auditor general has concluded, leaving officials no choice but to scramble to respond to COVID-19. … Read More

One year into COVID-19, a look at when and where the next pandemic could emerge

As the world continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus that has upended life as we know it, experts say this is not the last pandemic we will see. But … Read More

How the COVID-19 pandemic left lifelong scars on the global job market

Esther Montanez’s housecleaning job at the Hilton Back Bay in Boston was a lifeline for her, a 31-year-old single mother with a 5-year-old son. The pay was steady and solid … Read More

Canada saw over 13,000 ‘excess deaths’ during 1st year of COVID-19: StatCan

There were more than 13,000 “excess deaths” in Canada last year, according to new data released by Statistics Canada, as the coronavirus pandemic took a significant toll on the country’s … Read More

Fast-spreading variants boost coronavirus surge across Europe

The virus swept through a nursery school and an adjacent elementary school in the Milan suburb of Bollate with amazing speed. In a matter of just days, 45 children and … Read More

‘Now is not the time’: WHO cautions against relaxing pandemic fight

The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines should not tempt countries to relax efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, top World Health Organization officials said on Friday, citing concern that Brazil’s epidemic … Read More

‘When will it end?’: New data suggests COVID-19 could become endemic

Chris Murray, a University of Washington disease expert whose projections on COVID-19 infections and deaths are closely followed worldwide, is changing his assumptions about the course of the pandemic. Murray … Read More

With coronavirus variants spreading, are masks needed outdoors?

Face masks have become an important tool in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. A layered, good-fitting mask can not only block the respiratory droplets from reaching others, it can … Read More

Vaccine hoarding ‘keeps pandemic burning’, WHO chief warns rich countries

Rich countries squabbling over COVID-19 vaccine supplies must consider the situation in poorer parts of the world, the World Health Organization said on Friday, warning that hoarding of shots “keeps … Read More

Coronavirus book series paints picture of pandemic through children’s eyes

With schools closed, daycare centres shut and restrictions on play dates, it has not been easy being a kid during the coronavirus pandemic. And if you’re a parent, then you … Read More

Global coronavirus cases have crossed 100 million

Over 100 million people around the world have been infected with the novel coronavirus, a milestone reached just over a year after COVID-19 began to take hold. The world crossed … Read More

India launches world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. India … Read More

Coronavirus: Global death toll hits 2M amid vaccine rollout

The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday as vaccines developed at breakneck speed are being rolled out around the world in an all-out campaign to vanquish the … Read More

Coronavirus vaccine a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for LTC homes

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic last March, long-term care homes across Canada have been hit particularly hard, with outbreaks taking a physical and mental toll on residents, family … Read More

‘Blursday’: Coronavirus restrictions left 54% of Canadians feeling isolated, poll says

COVID-19 lockdowns, restrictions and physical distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic have left more than half of Canadians feeling lonely or isolated, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for … Read More

‘The big one’: WHO warns future pandemics could be worse than coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 1.7 million people, destroyed economies and pushed hospitals to the brink of collapse. But the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that despite the … Read More

‘Simple hug’: Queen delivers hopeful Christmas message amid COVID-19 pandemic

All many people want for Christmas this year is a simple hug, Queen Elizabeth II said in her annual festive message, saying it would be hard for those who lost … Read More

‘Security blanket’: Coronavirus vaccines offer hope to health workers, families

Nine months after admitting a first COVID-19 patient at the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ont., Nasha Zaheer says it was an “amazing feeling” giving the hard-hit Peel Region’s first … Read More

In the fight against COVID-19, wealth plays a significant role

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world paused. Lives came to a standstill, if they weren’t lost altogether, while economies crashed. People were told to protect themselves as … Read More

‘No absolute confidence’: Rollout of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine tests public trust

While excitement and enthusiasm greeted the Western-developed coronavirus vaccine when it was rolled out, the Russian-made version has received a mixed response, with reports of empty Moscow clinics that offered … Read More

Common disinfectants used against coronavirus can be harmful: experts

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to consume our lives, you may find yourself cleaning and disinfecting unlike ever before. While all the mopping of floors and wiping of surfaces may … Read More

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine: What you need to know

In another promising development in the global race to find a coronavirus vaccine, U.S. drugmaker Moderna said its candidate has proven to be nearly 95 per cent effective in protecting … Read More

Canadians urged to maintain routine vaccinations as measles soars globally

As the world grapples with the continuing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, there are growing concerns that declining vaccinations for other infectious diseases, like measles, could spark new outbreaks. A … Read More

Italy: Video of dead man in hospital lavatory spotlights coronavirus crisis

The health crisis in Italy‘s third-largest city, Naples, is out of control, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday after a video was posted on social media showing a … Read More

Brazil to resume trial of China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine

Brazil‘s health regulator Anvisa has allowed the resumption of late-stage clinical trials for China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, which had been suspended due to the death of a volunteer that was … Read More

Coronavirus has made health-care shortfalls ‘obvious’ to Canadians: poll

As the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations soar across Canada, a new poll shows that a majority of Canadians want a boost in the health-care system and innovation. A … Read More

Russia claims its coronavirus vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ 92% effective

Russia says its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is 92 per cent effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim trial results, as the global race for a vaccine accelerates to … Read More

Bolsonaro claims ‘victory’ as Chinese coronavirus vaccine trial halted in Brazil

Brazil‘s health regulator has suspended a clinical trial for China‘s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine citing a severe adverse event, delighting President Jair Bolsonaro, who has criticized it for lacking credibility amid … Read More

U.S. adds over 91,000 coronavirus cases on Election Day

The United States reported an alarming increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations on the same day Americans went to polls to elect their next president under the shadow of the … Read More

IN PHOTOS: Americans cast ballots at drive-thru locations for voters with COVID-19

American citizens who are considered active COVID-19 cases are still able to exercise their democratic right to cast ballots on Election Day. Across different parts of the U.S., drive-thru polling … Read More

Coronavirus: Canada’s migrant farm workers face fatal COVID-19 outbreaks, alleged mistreatment

Lisa Bibb tears up thinking of her migrant staff as she stands in the middle of dozens of rows of apples — what her usual workers from Mexico would be … Read More

ER visits dropped 25% in March as coronavirus spread: report

TORONTO — A new report finds emergency department visits dropped by 25 per cent in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Institute for Health Information found 318,000 … Read More

Liberals unveil $37B for CERB transition to new benefits, EI changes

Just a few weeks ahead of the expected end of the Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit, the Trudeau government announced on Thursday $37-billion in fresh spending on new and revamped federal … Read More

O’Toole vows to topple Trudeau ‘at the right time’ but mum on fall election

Conservative MP and leadership candidate Erin O’Toole says while he plans to bring down the Liberal government if elected as leader at “the right time,” he isn’t saying whether or … Read More

Canadian tourism sector needs help through ‘very, very dire’ straits: industry heads

The heads of the country’s tourism industry groups are warning their sector has been decimated by the months-long coronavirus lockdown and needs federal help to survive through “very, very dire” straits … Read More

Program to help provinces weather fiscal shocks needs reform amid coronavirus: economist

A new paper suggests a federal program meant to buffer provinces against economic shocks is not up to the task — especially in the COVID-19 era. Read more: Trudeau government … Read More

Coronavirus: It’s possible U.S. will have vaccine before Nov. 3 election, Trump claims

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was possible the United States would have a coronavirus vaccine before the Nov. 3 election, a more optimistic forecast than … Read More

COVID-19: Face masks spark ‘fear and anxiety’ among deaf, hard of hearing

For roughly four million Canadians who are deaf or living with hearing loss, solid face coverings are leading to heightened levels of anxiety. “It’s fear and anxiety and the constant … Read More

Debate begins on who gets the coronavirus vaccine first

Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, … Read More

‘All the makings of a disaster’: How Florida became a coronavirus epicentre

Novel coronavirus cases continue to surge in the United States, but Florida has been hit particularly hard, often reporting around 10,000 cases per day over the last week. On Wednesday … Read More

Global coronavirus cases went from 10 million to 15 million in less than a month

In another record four-day span, a million new confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide brought the global total to 15 million Wednesday as countries remain divided in their response to the pandemic. … Read More