COVID-19 origins still need exploring, lab leak theory can’t be dismissed: scientists

The origin of the novel coronavirus is still unclear and the theory that it was caused by a laboratory leak needs to be taken seriously until there is a rigorous … Read More

India surpasses 24 million COVID-19 cases as mutant variant spreads across globe

The number of recorded COVID-19 infections in India climbed above 24 million on Friday amid reports that the highly transmissible coronavirus mutant first detected in the country was spreading across … Read More

Brazil ignored Pfizer’s offers of COVID-19 vaccine for months last year, company says

Pfizer repeatedly offered to sell its COVID-19 vaccine to Brazil’s Health Ministry between August and November last year, but got no answer from the government, Pfizer’s chief executive for Latin … Read More

‘He’s fighting for his life’: Alberta father in ICU amid CNRL Horizon COVID-19 outbreak

An outbreak of COVID-19 at Canadian Natural Resources Horizon mine site in Alberta’s oilsands has now grown to 1,427 cases. It remains the largest workplace outbreak of COVID-19 in Canada. … Read More

How effective is the 1st COVID-19 jab? What we know as deleted Tory tweet slams ‘one dose summer’

The Conservatives deleted a tweet on Thursday that leader Erin O’Toole has said was “detracting” from important conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Canada. “A ‘one dose summer’ is … Read More

COVID-19 vaccinated Americans can avoid masks in most places, CDC says

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COVID-19: Ontario hasn’t provided verbal approval of CFL’s return to play plans, MacLeod says

TORONTO — Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, says the province hasn’t verbally approved the CFL‘s return-to-play protocols and there’s no timeline for it to … Read More

U.S. schools unlikely to push for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines anytime soon

Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for use in children as young as 12 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week – but do not expect schools … Read More

Amazon to offer $100 more to new U.S. hires with COVID-19 vaccination proof Inc will give $100 more to new hires with proof of COVID-19 vaccination, the world’s largest e-commerce retailer said on Thursday, as part of its plan to employ 75,000 … Read More

Quebec to no longer administer AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as first dose

Quebec is hitting pause on administering AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine as a first dose in the province. The Health Ministry’s decision came Thursday following advice from the province’s immunization committee. The … Read More

Quebec reports more than 700 COVID-19 cases again as hospitalizations fall

In Quebec, authorities recorded 781 new cases and five additional deaths attributable to COVID-19 in the province Thursday. The immunization campaign saw another 95,959 doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine … Read More

Ontario reports 2,759 new COVID-19 cases, as total count surpasses 500,000

As the Ontario government reported 2,759 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, it also marked a pivotal new milestone in its 15-month pandemic fight: cumulatively more than half a million residents, … Read More

Premier Doug Ford renews calls for tighter border controls to rein in COVID-19 variants

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford is renewing his calls for tighter controls on domestic travellers and those who arrive through land crossings, saying Ottawa has yet to respond to … Read More

Delaying 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose can help reduce deaths: study

Giving a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine but delaying a second dose among people younger than 65 could lead to fewer people dying of the disease, but only if certain … Read More

New Zealand to explore more ‘travel bubbles’ with other countries later this year

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday her government will explore more travel “bubbles” and lead trade delegations later this year to re-connect with a post-pandemic world after … Read More

From free beer to $1 million: What U.S. states are offering for COVID-19 vaccinations

Political leaders in the United States are resorting to desperate measures to convince more Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. U.S. President Joe Biden is aiming to have enough of … Read More

Experts say more measures needed to address COVID-19 aerosol transmission

More than a year into the novel coronavirus pandemic, Canadian experts say changes are needed to address the indoor transmission of COVID-19 aerosols, tiny particles or droplets that can stay … Read More

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

AstraZeneca vaccine 1st dose recipients in limbo after some provinces press pause

Getting the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine last month has been a liberating experience for Ontario resident Ryan Olson. The 41-year-old web developer from St. Catharines, Ont., went … Read More

‘The lost month of February’: COVID-19 was preventable, report shows

The COVID-19 pandemic could have been prevented but due to a lack of world leadership, an outbreak turned into a global health catastrophe that has killed more than 3.3 million … Read More

COVID-19: Transat flight suspension until end of July due to ongoing travel restrictions

Air Transat has extended the suspension of its flights until July 29, due to continued travel restrictions in Canada and abroad. The airline run by tour company Transat AT advised … Read More

COVID-19: Transat extends flight suspension until end of July due to ongoing travel restrictions

Air Transat has extended the suspension of its flights until July 29, due to continued travel restrictions in Canada and abroad. The airline run by tour company Transat AT advised … Read More

Canadians need clearer guidance on what to do post COVID-19 shot, experts say

Half of Canadians will soon be partially protected against COVID-19, as the vaccine rollout enters full swing — but there still isn’t a lot of information on how much people … Read More

Quebec adds more than 700 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths

As the COVID-19 health crisis continues, Quebec is reporting 745 new cases and 11 additional deaths Wednesday. This includes three fatalities in the past 24 hours, while five pandemic-related deaths … Read More

Ontario reports more than 2,300 new COVID-19 cases, 32 deaths

Ontario is reporting 2,320 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The provincial total now stands at 499,412. Wednesday’s case count is higher than Tuesday’s which saw 2,073 new infections. On Monday, … Read More

Quebec bumps up booster COVID-19 shot for adults undergoing dialysis, cancer treatments

Quebec is bumping up the booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine for people who are severely immunocompromised or undergoing certain medical treatments. The Health Ministry announced the decision Wednesday morning … Read More

Eid during COVID-19: How Muslims are celebrating in the 2nd year of restrictions

After a “very lonely month” of fasting during Ramadan amid COVID-19 restrictions, Afreina Noor and her husband are hoping to make the most of Eid under the circumstances. The Pakistani … Read More

Indian COVID-19 deaths surpass a quarter million as scientists race to trace variant

India said on Wednesday a record number of people were killed by the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, pushing its overall death toll over a quarter million, while a … Read More

Will Canada see a spike in influenza cases after COVID-19? Experts weigh in

As Canadians hunkered down at home in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 this winter, something else happened — the country saw almost no cases of influenza. Experts … Read More

Canada’s COVID-19 case count shrinks to late March levels as vaccinations expand

Canada” readability=”34.907738095238″> Canada reported its lowest number of new daily COVID-19 cases since late March, as the total number of infections in the country hit 12,99,578.Health officials across the country … Read More

Alberta justice minister apologizes after accusing feds, provincial NDP, media of wanting COVID-19 disaster

Alberta’s justice minister issued an apology through social media on Tuesday afternoon days after he accused the federal government, the province’s Official Opposition and the media of wanting the health-care … Read More

Ontario pausing use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine due to safety, supply concerns

The Ontario government is pausing the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in the province due to safety- and supply-related issues. Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, … Read More

Rare but deadly ‘black fungus’ adds to India’s COVID-19 struggle

Doctors in India are being told to watch out for an extremely rare but often deadly “black fungus” that can afflict people with severe cases of COVID-19, as the country’s … Read More

Trudeau says family, friend BBQs can happen this summer — with a caveat

Canadians will be able to invite over friends and family for a BBQ this summer if COVID-19 infection rates are down and a vast majority of the population is vaccinated … Read More

COVID-19 vaccination opens to people 25 and older as Legault says Quebec headed in ‘right direction’

Quebec is “heading in the right direction” as vaccination opens up to young adults and the number of new COVID-19 cases falls, the province’s premier said Tuesday. François Legault said … Read More

Windsor, Ont., hospital applies for access to surplus COVID-19 vaccines from Detroit

TORONTO — A hospital in Windsor, Ont., is calling on Ottawa to allow COVID-19 vaccines to be shipped across the border from Michigan. David Musyj, CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, … Read More

COVID-19: Quebec premier declares they’re ‘heading in the right direction’

Quebec is “heading in the right direction” as vaccination opens up and the number of new COVID-19 cases fall, the province’s premier said Tuesday. François Legault said the upcoming months … Read More

Bolivia signs deal to import J&J vaccine from Canadian company, pending patent issues

A Canadian company hoping to contribute to the world’s vaccination efforts says it has reached a deal to provide 15 million doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine … Read More

‘Trying our best’: Tragedy grips small-town hospital in India amid COVID-19 crisis

In the emergency room of a public hospital in northern India on Tuesday, a man was trying to revive his mother who had just died from COVID-19-like symptoms. On another … Read More

Quebec tops 11,000 deaths linked to COVID-19 pandemic, 660 new cases

Quebec reached a grim milestone Tuesday of more than 11,000 deaths attributable to COVID-19 as authorities reported 660 new cases and nine additional fatalities. This includes one death in the … Read More

Open letter urges young people in Quebec to get COVID-19 vaccine

As the immunization rollout expands and the province continues to deal with a third COVID-19 wave, Quebec’s health minister has penned a rare open letter to young adults acknowledging all … Read More

U.K. allows indoor pints and movie theatres. When will Canada relax COVID-19 rules?

As the United Kingdom slowly eases COVID-19 restrictions, such as allowing people to have a pint indoors or take in a football game, experts say Canada may be months away … Read More

Ontario reports more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths

Ontario is reporting 2,073 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The provincial total now stands at 497,092. Tuesday’s case count is a significant drop from Monday’s which saw 2,716 new infections. … Read More

COVID-19 vaccinations could start for U.S. kids aged 12-15 this week

U.S. regulators authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children as young as 12 and said they could begin receiving shots as soon as Thursday, widening the country’s … Read More

80% of Canadians support COVID-19 vaccine passports for travel: poll

A new Leger poll suggests Canadian confidence in COVID-19 vaccines is holding firm despite swirling confusion and concern about the safety of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. It also suggests Canadians are … Read More

Novavax delays timeline for approval, production of COVID-19 vaccine to late 2021

Novavax on Monday again delayed its timeline for ramping up COVID-19 vaccine production and said it does not expect to seek regulatory authorization for the shot in the United States, … Read More

Non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients have low risk of serious long-term effects, study says

Non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients have a low risk of serious long-term effects, but they report more visits to general practitioners following infection, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious … Read More

U.S. FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in children aged 12 to 15

COVID-19 vaccines finally are headed for more kids as U.S. regulators on Monday expanded use of Pfizer’s shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle … Read More

Canada sees lowest daily COVID-19 cases since April 5 despite surges in some provinces

Canada’s chief public health officer is warning that the decline in COVID-19 case counts is slowing as several provinces battle surging waves of the virus. Canada reported its lowest number … Read More