Canada received Pfizer COVID-19 doses earlier than planned, but paid premium

Canada paid a premium to get more than 250,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine delivered last December, weeks earlier than planned. The detail is contained in heavily redacted contracts … Read More

‘We need more’: WHO chief says COVID-19 vaccine needs outstrip G7 promises

By Staff The Associated Press Posted June 12, 2021 5:00 pm     Updated June 12, 2021 5:06 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article … Read More

Brazil’s Bolsonaro fined for not wearing mask at motorcycle rally amid COVID-19

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro led a throng of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask. … Read More

COVID-19: Ontario shortens wait time for 2nd shot after AstraZeneca vaccine

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 12, 2021 3:39 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The Ontario government is shortening … Read More

Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine contracts allow shots to be donated, resold in some cases

Most of the federal contracts for COVID-19 vaccines allow for Canada to donate some of its doses to other countries or international aid organizations, and in at least three cases, … Read More

New Brunswick reports one death, 7 new cases of COVID-19

New Brunswick reported the death of a person over the age of 90 in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) due to COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of virus-related deaths … Read More

Russia tests nasal spray COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 8 to 12

Russia has tested a nasal spray form of its COVID- 19 vaccine that is suitable for children aged 8-12, and plans to launch the new product in September, the scientist who led the development of the Sputnik V vaccine said on … Read More

Ontario reports 502 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths; 195K more vaccines administered

Ontario reported 502 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 539,153. “Locally, there are 89 new cases in Toronto, 71 in Peel, 51 … Read More

Canadian drug companies call for new pricing regulations to be delayed amid COVID-19

Almost three dozen Canadian pharmaceutical companies made a direct appeal to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month to delay the new drug pricing regulations for a third time. The companies, … Read More

‘People are desperate to heal’: The push for psychedelic-assisted therapy in Canada

Laurie Brooks describes her experience taking psychedelic mushrooms as a journey — one that helped her find answers to some of her most important life questions. The 54-year-old mother of … Read More

Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination rate keeps rising — when will it stall?

Canada has among the highest rates of vaccination against COVID-19 in the world, with 63 per cent of the population having had at least one dose of vaccine, according to … Read More

Health Canada won’t release over 300K J&J COVID-19 vaccine doses due to quality issues

The shipment of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines that arrived in April, and were held back by Health Canada over quality concerns, will not be released in Canada, the agency … Read More

Seven more B.C. mayors support Vancouver’s push for drug decriminalization

VANCOUVER – A plan by the City of Vancouver to gain Health Canada approval to decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs has won support from the mayors of seven other … Read More

Montreal Canadiens hoping to score Bell Centre crowd increase for Round 3

The decibel level could be going up again at the Bell Centre for Round 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs between the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights. The … Read More

Ontario restaurants ‘scrambling’ to find new staff as some choose not to return

As Canadians get ready to storm the patios of freshly-opened restaurants across Ontario, some of the regular staff they once looked forward to seeing won’t be there to greet them. … Read More

EU to ditch J&J COVID-19 vaccines from U.S factory after contamination reports

Europe’s drug regulator said on Friday batches of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine made for the region around the time when contamination issues were revealed at a U.S. manufacturing site … Read More

Canada could get J&J vaccine shipment in June as quality concerns linger

Canada could get a shipment of 300,000 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this month. During a COVID-19 press conference on Friday, Joelle Paquette, director-general responsible for … Read More

Quebec reports 180 new cases, 1 death as COVID-19 pandemic carries on

Quebec is reporting 180 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death Friday as more pandemic-induced restrictions are relaxed in Montreal. The latest daily tally of new infections is the sixth … Read More

Quebec adds 180 new COVID-19 cases as Montreal bars welcome patrons back outside

Quebec is reporting 180 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death Friday as more pandemic-induced restrictions are relaxed in Montreal. The latest daily tally of new infections is the sixth … Read More

Ontario reports 574 new COVID-19 cases, administers record of nearly 200K vaccinations in a day

Ontario is reporting 574 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as the province reaches a new daily milestone for the most shots administered in 24 hours hitting almost 200,000 doses. The … Read More

Third FDA panel member quits over Alzheimer’s drug approval

A third member of a panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resigned in protest over the agency’s decision to approve Biogen Inc’s Alzheimer’s disease … Read More

Canada to donate 100M COVID-19 vaccines to world

Canada is expected to announce a donation of up to 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is its share of the one-billion dose pledge that is expected to … Read More

Canada to donate 100M COVID-19 vaccines to world: source

Canada is expected to announce a donation of up to 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is its share of the one billion expected dose pledge from all … Read More

U.K.’s Johnson calls on G7 to donate 1B COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expects the Group of Seven to agree to donate one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries during its summit starting on Friday, and help … Read More

Delta COVID-19 variant cases are rising, prompting caution on reopening plans

“The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” — the Calgary Stampede — will open on July 9, with a few changes given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m hoping people see that … Read More

Border battles: Vaccines ‘being thrown out’ in U.S. should go to Canadians, mayors say

Perfectly good U.S.-owned COVID-19 vaccine doses are regularly going into garbage bins just kilometers away from the Canadian border, according to local mayors and health care providers who are now … Read More

Heart inflammation cases higher in 16-24 age group after 2nd mRNA COVID-19 shot: CDC

Preliminary findings from two vaccine safety monitoring systems suggest a higher-than-expected number of cases of heart inflammation after the second dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in 16 to 24 year olds, the U.S. … Read More

Ontario reports 590 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths

Ontario is reporting 590 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The provincial total now stands at 538,077. Thursday’s case count is a slight increase from the previous day. However, test positivity … Read More

Transat AT plans to resume flying by end of July

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 10, 2021 8:46 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Transat AT Inc. says it … Read More

More than just Lyme disease: What you should know about these other tick-borne infections

Blacklegged ticks are slowly spreading across Canada, and they bring with them more than just Lyme disease: they can also spread babesiosis, a malaria-like illness that attacks red blood cells, … Read More

Canada’s COVID-19 outlook continues to improve as cases, hospitalizations drop

Canada’s top doctor shared some encouraging words on Wednesday, saying “all indicators of COVID-19 disease activity and severity continue to decline” this week in Canada. Speaking during a press conference … Read More

UN agency details new ‘digital seal’ as countries mull COVID-19 vaccine passports

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is paving the way for the creation of COVID-19 vaccine passports as Canada continues to mull how to approach issuing such documents. In a … Read More

U.S. to donate 500M COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine doses to the world, sources say

The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to nearly 100 countries over the next two years, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on … Read More

COVID-19: More Moderna vaccines allow Quebec to speed up second dose appointments

More Moderna vaccines will allow Quebec to accelerate its timeline for second doses, Health Minister Christian Dubé said, after Ottawa on Wednesday announced it expected to receive seven million doses … Read More

Anti-vax doctor mocked for claiming that shots will ‘magnetize’ people

Are you sick and tired of peeling forks off your head and car keys off your fingers? Are you suddenly a master of magnetism, capable of bending metal with your … Read More

Fully vaccinated Canadian travellers can skip hotel quarantine come July: feds

The federal government on Wednesday announced that “fully vaccinated” Canadian travellers will no longer require mandatory COVID-19 hotel quarantine upon arrival in Canada. Come July, the exemption will apply to … Read More

Canada to get 7M Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses in June, some coming from U.S.

Canada is set to receive seven million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in June, with some of the shots coming from a U.S. supplier, Procurement Minister Anita Anand said … Read More

Manitoba launches $2M lottery to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

This story will be updated when the press conference begins and throughout the conference as it runs. Manitoba hopes to spur COVID-19 vaccination through a lottery offering nearly $2 million … Read More

Manitoba launches nearly $2M lottery to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

This story will be updated when the press conference begins and throughout the conference as it runs. Manitoba hopes to spur COVID-19 vaccination through a lottery offering nearly $2 million … Read More

Quebec adds 179 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths as hospitalizations drop

Quebec is reporting 178 new COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths, including one in the past 24 hours, Wednesday. The latest daily count of infections marks the four consecutive day … Read More

Quebec adds 178 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths as hospitalizations drop

Quebec is reporting 178 new COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths, including one in the past 24 hours, Wednesday. The latest daily count of infections marks the four consecutive day … Read More

Quebec reports 178 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths as hospitalizations drop

Quebec is reporting 178 new COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths, including one in the past 24 hours, Wednesday. The latest daily count of infections marks the four consecutive day … Read More

Ontario reports 411 new COVID-19 cases, daily case count lowest since late September

Ontario is reporting 411 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as case counts continue to trend downward, marking the fewest number of daily cases since late September. The provincial total now … Read More

Canada easing COVID-19 hotel quarantine, isolation rules for fully vaccinated: source

The federal government is set to announce Wednesday that fully vaccinated Canadian travellers will no longer need to spend 14 days in COVID-19 quarantine upon arriving home. A federal source … Read More

U.S. unlikely to hit goal of vaccinating 70% of adults against COVID-19 by July 4

For months, U.S. President Joe Biden has laid out goal after goal for taming the coronavirus pandemic and then exceeded his own benchmarks. Now, though, the U.S. is unlikely to … Read More

COVID-19: New Brunswick border town residents ready for U.S. travel to return

A lifetime resident of St. Stephen, Minnie Wormell says the New Brunswick town and neighbouring Calais, Maine, are borderline co-dependent. “We’re like one town all together,” she says. She and … Read More

U.S. states urged to seek longer shelf life for J&J vaccines as millions near expiration

A top White House official on Tuesday urged state governors to work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to extend the shelf life of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine … Read More

COVID-19 travel rules could be relaxed for ‘fully vaccinated’ Canadians: Trudeau

The federal government will focus on “fully vaccinated” Canadians when the time comes to begin relaxing travel and other restrictions put in place to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister … Read More

U.S. eases travel recommendations for 61 countries, including Canada

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased its travel recommendations for 61 countries, including Japan from its highest “Level 4” rating that had discouraged all travel … Read More

U.S. eases travel recommendations for many countries, including Canada

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories, including Japan just ahead of the Olympics. The CDC’s new … Read More

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