Coronavirus vaccine tracker: How many Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19?

Nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, Canada has launched the largest mass vaccination program in its history. And Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised that every Canadian — nearly … Read More

Petition pushes B.C. government for tighter COVID-19 travel and quarantine restrictions

A petition calling on the B.C. government to lock down the province’s borders amid COVID-19 is gaining momentum online. Vancouver Island resident Christian Stapff is behind the petition urging Premier … Read More

How tracking variants of the novel coronavirus is like building a family tree

Scientists around the world are digging into a family tree — but they’re not out to prepare for a family reunion. Virologists, epidemiologists, doctors and microbiologists are trying to track … Read More

Inside the hunt for coronavirus variants in Canada

A genetic hunt is underway as Canadian scientists in a sophisticated, nationwide network of labs aim to detect and disrupt the new and highly contagious U.K. and South African variants … Read More

Coronavirus: Canadians visiting Hawaii in droves despite advice to avoid non-essential travel

It seems some Canadians can’t resist the lure of tanning on tropical beaches, even during a global pandemic and advisories to avoid non-essential travel. An online portal from the State … Read More

No serious side-effects from COVID-19 vaccines so far, Health Canada says

Health Canada has no reports of unexpected side-effects from patients vaccinated against COVID-19 thus far. “There haven’t been any serious adverse events, or even the mild and moderate adverse events, … Read More

New coronavirus testing rules for travellers landing in Canada to start Jan. 7

OTTAWA — Anyone arriving in Canada starting Jan. 7 will need to have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding and may have to quarantine in a federal facility if they … Read More

New coronavirus testing rules for travelers landing in Canada to start Jan. 7

OTTAWA — Anyone arriving in Canada starting Jan. 7 will need to have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding and may have to quarantine in a federal facility if they … Read More

Watch live as public health officials offer latest on COVID-19 situation in Canada

Canadian public health officials on Wednesday are expected to shed more light on the continuing COVID-19 crisis in Canada. The pandemic has tightened its grip on many provinces as winter … Read More

Canada to require all arriving air passengers to show negative COVID-19 test

In an effort to curb the continuing coronavirus crisis, Canada will now require all air passengers to obtain a negative COVID-19 test three days before arriving in the country. Public … Read More

COVID-19 variant may not be deadlier, but we shouldn’t dismiss it: experts

A new study on the variant of COVID-19 permeating in England — and popping up in Canada — suggests the mutation isn’t any more likely to lead to hospitalization or … Read More

Mink on second B.C. farm test positive for COVID-19

Health officials detected COVID-19 at a second mink farm in B.C.’s Fraser Valley. In a media release Christmas Eve, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries said three mink had … Read More

Coronavirus: Almost 800 people have now died of COVID-19 in B.C.

B.C. has recorded 518 more cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. In addition, 19 more people have died from the virus. The deaths bring the province’s COVID-19 death … Read More

Don’t buy coronavirus vaccines off the internet, Health Canada warns Canadians

Health Canada is warning Canadians to be wary of potentially counterfeit coronavirus vaccines found on the internet or for sale from “unauthorized sources.” Health Canada issued the statement Thursday, warning … Read More

Long-term care worker is the first person in B.C. to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Tuesday is a big day in B.C., as the first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was administered to a health worker. Nisha Yunus, 64, has worked in the same long-term care home … Read More

Health worker to be first person in B.C. to receive COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday

Tuesday is a big day in B.C., as the first COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered. A front-line health worker in Metro Vancouver will be the first person in the province … Read More

Health worker is the first person in B.C. to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Tuesday is a big day in B.C., as the first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was administered to a health worker. About 4,000 of the 30,000 doses that Canada has received are … Read More

Pop-up ballet performance in Abbotsford, B.C. park aims to lighten COVID-19 gloom

In a dark, wet winter and under the cloud of COVID-19, it’s more important to inject a little bit of magic and joy into everyday life. That was the underlying … Read More

These 5 genes could explain why some COVID-19 patients become severely ill

Five key genes are linked with the most severe form of COVID-19, scientists said on Friday, in research that also pointed to several existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat … Read More

B.C. COVID-19 vaccine rollout: When will you be able to get the vaccine?

B.C. has announced the COVID-19 vaccine schedule and rollout plan for the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. For those wanting the vaccine, the question is when are … Read More

COVID-19 outbreak declared at mink farm in B.C.’s Fraser Valley

Health officials have declared a COVID-19 outbreak at a mink farm in B.C.’s Fraser Valley. In a media release Sunday night, Fraser Health said eight people at the farm had … Read More

B.C. COVID-19 vaccine plan: Who gets priority and what is the schedule?

B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said she is hoping to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine in the province in the first week of January. Henry said Thursday there … Read More

Coronavirus therapeutics: A look at COVID-19 treatments in Canada

After weeks of illness and breathing difficulties, when COVID-19 patient Tony Passarelli was put on a ventilator at the Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto back in March, doctors had painted … Read More

U.S. investigators warn about coronavirus scams as vaccine approval on horizon

The coronavirus vaccine inching toward approval in the U.S. is desperately anticipated by weary Americans longing for a path back to normal life. But criminals are waiting, too, ready to … Read More

PM Trudeau warns Canadians the future is on the line amid coronavirus surge

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pleading with Canadians to reduce their contacts as much as possible as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country – and he warned that … Read More

‘Normal Christmas’ off the table, Trudeau says amid coronavirus spike

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pleading with Canadians to reduce their contacts as much as possible as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country – and he warned that … Read More

Watch live as Trudeau speaks to reporters amid coronavirus pandemic

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to hold a press conference as public health officers warn action is needed now to curb the growing spread of the coronavirus. You can … Read More

Watch Live: PM Trudeau calls on Canadians to reduce contacts amid coronavirus surge

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pleading with Canadians to reduce their contacts as much as possible as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country. “The cases across the country are spiking … Read More

New COVID-19 outbreak confirmed at B.C. prison hit hardest by virus in April

Federal officials have confirmed a new COVID-19 outbreak at B.C.’s Mission Institution. The Correctional Service of Canada said Thursday that two staff members have tested positive for the virus. No … Read More

The global race for coronavirus vaccine doses: how does Canada compare?

With vaccines for the novel coronavirus within reach, countries around the world are rushing to secure access to doses they hope will help end a deadly pandemic that has so … Read More

COVID-19-stricken B.C. school ‘should have been closed a week ago,’ say parents

Parents at a Surrey school grappling with a COVID-19 outbreak say they’re frustrated it took officials so long to close the facility down. At least seven cases, including at least … Read More

What is a coronavirus ‘circuit-breaker?’ A pivot in strategy with pros and cons

With coronavirus cases rising in much of Canada, the “circuit-breaker” strategy has become the latest buzzword. The concept is simple — a set of short, tight restrictions with a deadline, … Read More

Nearly 1 in 5 coronavirus survivors later diagnosed with mental illness: study

Many COVID-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists said on Monday, after a large study found 20% of those infected with the coronavirus … Read More

Canadian company sees positive results in early coronavirus vaccine tests

Medicago says it has received promising early test results for its plant-derived vaccine for the novel coronavirus. The Quebec City-based company says interim results of a Phase 1 clinical trial … Read More

Vancouver-based biotech company central in development of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

A Vancouver company is central to the news Monday morning that Pfizer is close to developing an effective vaccine against the coronavirus. Pfizer said Monday that an early peek at … Read More

B.C. reports 299 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths as active cases top 3,000

B.C. added another 299 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday after three record-breaking days that saw daily case totals top 350. Three additional people have died from the coronavirus, B.C. reported … Read More

B.C. biotech in the spotlight at global investor summit amid COVID-19

The best and brightest of British Columbia’s emerging life sciences sector will be on display next week, as investors from around the world gather virtually to hear their pitches. The … Read More

Canadians are feeling pandemic fatigue. Experts say ‘greater good’ message isn’t enough

COVID-weary. COVID-tired. COVID-fatigued. No matter how you chop it up, the feeling likely resonates for many at this point in the coronavirus pandemic. Months of isolation, fears and lifestyle changes … Read More

When the COVID-19 vaccine is ready, will you get it? We want to hear from you

The world is racing to produce a vaccine. But when it’s ready, will you take it? A recent Ipsos survey of nearly 20,000 adults from 27 countries, on behalf of the … Read More

Puerto Rico closes 911 call centres after employees test positive for coronavirus

All of Puerto Rico’s 911 call centres were shut down Wednesday night after several employees tested positive for the coronavirus, officials announced. Public Safety Secretary Pedro Janer said people should … Read More

B.C. sets another grim record of 203 new daily cases of COVID-19

B.C. has set a grim new record, topping more than 200 new COVID-19 cases in a single day. On Wednesday, officials reported 203 new cases of the virus and two … Read More

Long-term care homes remain vulnerable to second COVID-19 wave, insiders say

Fear and anxiety have taken over in Canada’s long-term care homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and industry insiders say it will take more than a federal band-aid solution to fix … Read More

A coronavirus Halloween has some parents spooked. Here’s how to keep it safe

For Jodie Katz, a Toronto-area mother of two, plans for Halloween were in the works back in September. There will be a candy scavenger hunt in her backyard, pumpkin decorating … Read More

B.C. confirms first case of rare inflammatory syndrome in children linked to COVID-19

British Columbia has confirmed its first case of a rare inflammatory illness in children linked to COVID-19. At her Thursday briefing, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the case … Read More

Coronavirus vaccine trials: Pfizer to include participants as young as 12

Pfizer Inc will enroll participants as young as 12 in its large, late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial to understand how it works in a wider age group. Read more: White House blocks new … Read More

Canadian couple forced to quarantine at home after being denied entry at U.S. border

A Canadian couple has found themselves in quarantine, and at risk of losing their residency in Mexico, after a mishap at the U.S. border. Barbara Moller and John Granthowse own … Read More

Canadian snowbirds flock west as winter looms, but space is at a premium

At this time of year, spaces in Saanichton’s Oceanside RV Resort would normally be starting to empty out. But the Vancouver Island RV park, which is open year-round, is seeing … Read More

B.C. records 3 deaths and 161 new cases of COVID-19

B.C. recorded 161 new cases, including two epi-linked cases, of COVID-19 and three deaths Friday. This brings the total cases to 9,381 in the province with 63 people in hospital, … Read More

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