Not enough young Canadians are ‘offering their arm’ for COVID-19 vaccines: Tam

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says she is concerned that COVID-19 vaccination rates among younger Canadians aren’t high enough as the rate of first-dose shots is slowing. “Now … Read More

COVID-19 outbreaks in unvaccinated groups like kids under 12 very much a ‘reality’: Tam

As Canada continues to hit further thresholds in vaccinating its population against COVID-19, the country’s top doctor is warning that still unvaccinated populations — especially children under the age of … Read More

COVID-19 measures still needed as vaccines not ‘absolutely perfect,’ Tam warns

COVID-19  vaccines aren’t foolproof, and so we can’t yet do away with other precautionary measures, warned Canada’s chief public health officer. At a press conference Tuesday, Dr. Theresa Tam said … Read More

COVID-19: Public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant in Canada

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant jumped 66 per cent in Canada this week. Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said … Read More

Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine targets could change in wake of Delta variant, Tam says

Canada is on the cusp of hitting its first national vaccination target, but chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 … Read More

Unused J&J COVID-19 vaccine doses will be given back to the company, Tam says

Canada’s top public health official says more than 300,000 unused doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine will be given back to the company after Health Canada announced it wouldn’t … 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

Canada nearing peak of current COVID-19 wave, Tam says as cases surge across provinces

Canada is nearing the peak of the current wave of COVID-19, the country’s chief public health officer said Sunday as Ontario reported a new single-day record for new infections and … Read More

Canada’s current COVID-19 wave nearing peak of 2nd, Tam says as cases surge in provinces

Canada’s current wave of COVID-19 is nearing the peak of its second wave, the country’s chief public health officer said Sunday as Ontario reported a new single-day record for new … Read More

Want to get ahead of COVID-19 variants? Vaccinate young people, experts say

The imminent threat of COVID-19 variants has Canada, and much of the rest of the world, scrambling to ramp up its vaccination rollout. If provincial governments wish to curb their … Read More

Should vaccinated people across Canada get certain freedoms? Here’s what health experts say

Ontario health officials are asking people who are vaccinated to continue following COVID-19 safety rules until more people get inoculated — but some health experts say Canada’s vaccinated population should … Read More

Tam says ‘it’s been a good week’ for COVID-19 vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

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Canada adds 2,188 new COVID-19 cases as pandemic anniversary nears

Several provinces were preparing to loosen COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, as Canada’s chief public health officer expressed optimism over vaccines ahead of the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 crisis. The … Read More

‘Risky’ or ‘incredible’? Experts split on delaying 2nd vaccine dose to expand coverage

Evidence supporting the COVID-19 vaccine’s effectiveness weeks after its first injection is piling up, Canada’s top public health official says. On Tuesday, Dr. Theresa Tam called the figures “incredible,” and said … Read More

Canada’s coronavirus variants at ‘critical juncture,’ despite decline in cases: Tam

Canada’s chief public health officer said Sunday that the collective efforts to fight COVID-19 are paying off, even as the country sits at a ‘critical juncture’ in the fight against … Read More

Tam warns that COVID-19 spread can occur suddenly in places used to low cases

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Canada’s chief public health officer says the recent COVID-19 outbreak in eastern Newfoundland shows that sudden and rapid spread of the virus can happen in places … Read More

COVID-19 variant spread threatens third wave, Canada’s top doctor warns

Canada’s top doctors say COVID-19 infections appear to be on a downward trend but worrisome variants are posing an increasing threat to containing the pandemic. Chief Public Health Officer Theresa … Read More

Officials warn of 3rd wave sparked by COVID-19 variants as Canada surpasses 820K cases

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined Canada’s top doctors in warning that more infectious COVID-19 variants threaten to spark a third wave, even as he announced Canada would receive millions more … Read More

‘Nobody wants to waste them’: What should Canada do with leftover COVID-19 vaccine doses?

Scoring a leftover dose of COVID-19 vaccine is like winning the lottery. But who should be allowed to play? Canada has approved two vaccines so far: one from Pfizer-BioNTech and … Read More

A good defence is a strong offence when it comes to COVID-19, Tam says ahead of Super Bowl

Does Canada have what it takes to see the coronavirus pandemic through to the end zone? Dr. Theresa Tam certainly thinks so. Ahead of this weekend’s Super Bowl Sunday, Canada’s … Read More

Tam warns of coronavirus variants as new cases emerge across Canada

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada is in “a very delicate period” as case counts for fast-spreading COVID-19 variants tick upward across the country, even while overall … Read More

Community spread of new COVID-19 variants may be happening in Canada: Tam

Community transmission of the highly infectious new variants of the coronavirus may already be happening in Canada. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam … Read More

Pfizer to resume COVID-19 vaccine shipments to EU within two weeks but Canada says no changes yet

Pfizer-BioNtech will be resuming shipments of its coronavirus vaccine to the European Union within the next two weeks, but there have been no more changes to Canada’s deliveries. The pharmaceutical … Read More

Canada investigating timing of second coronavirus vaccine dose, Tam says

Canada is the latest country to investigate how to stretch vaccine doses as far as possible, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have tragic consequences all around the world. Dr. … Read More

Canada hasn’t yet identified any cases of new U.K. coronavirus variant, Tam says

The new variant of coronavirus running rampant in the United Kingdom has not yet been identified in Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam said Tuesday. “To date, Canada has not identified the … Read More

Canada hasn’t identified the U.K. COVID-19 strain yet — but it’s a ‘probability’, Tam says

The new variant of coronavirus running rampant in the United Kingdom has not yet been identified in Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam said Tuesday. “To date, Canada has not identified the … Read More

Canada adds nearly 6,000 new coronavirus infections as deaths near 13K

Canadian health officials detected 5,977 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, pushing the country’s total to 428,675.  Health authorities also said another 90 people have died from the … Read More

Hospitals, not LTC homes, among 1st sites to give Canada’s coronavirus vaccines

Canadian hospitals will be among the first facilities to give out the coronavirus vaccine, potentially as early as next week, according to Maj. Gen. Dany Fortin, a former NATO commander … Read More

Watch live: Tam to give update on Canada’s coronavirus vaccine rollout plan

​Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam is expected to provide an update Tuesday on the country’s efforts to combat coronavirus as many provinces deal with surging cases amid … Read More

Holiday stress may be ‘amplified’ by coronavirus. Experts urge mindfulness and planning

The holiday season can be stressful enough as it is. It doesn’t help that the world is still in the grips of a viral pandemic. But that’s why Canadians need … Read More

‘Long road’ still ahead despite coronavirus vaccine on the horizon, Tam says

When it comes to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s top public health official said the country still has a “long road ahead” — even with a vaccine on the way. … Read More

Feds plan to provide Canadians with tools to fight coronavirus vaccine misinformation

The Public Health Agency of Canada plans to roll out webinars in an effort to combat increasing misinformation surrounding the impending novel coronavirus vaccine. Speaking to reporters at the 2020 … Read More

Vaccine advisory committee recommends new ranked roll-out, with long-term care at top

Canada’s vaccine advisory committee is now recommending people living in long-term care, assisted living, retirement homes and chronic care hospitals be vaccinated for the coronavirus first, along with the people … Read More

4 provinces see record increases in COVID-19; Nunavut reports new diagnoses

Nunavut reported four new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, moving the territory’s total to eight. Territorial health authorities said in an online statement that “all individuals are in … Read More

Canada on track for over 10K daily coronavirus cases by early December: Tam

Should Canada be unable to reign-in the coronavirus resurgence in the coming weeks, Dr. Theresa Tam says the country could see daily case counts of over 10,000 by early December. … Read More

‘Fires are burning’: Tam says Canada on track for 10K daily coronavirus cases

Should Canada be unable to reign-in the coronavirus resurgence in the coming weeks, Dr. Theresa Tam says the country could see daily case counts of more than 10,000 by early … Read More

Canada adds record 4,060 new coronavirus cases, 32 deaths Sunday

Canadian health officials confirmed a record 4,060 more cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday and said 32 more people had died. Read more: Alberta records 727 cases of COVID-19 … Read More

Aerosol spread of coronavirus underscores importance of ‘three Cs’: Tam

For the first time, Canadian health officials are officially recognizing that COVID-19 can spread through tiny droplets known as aerosols that can linger in the air, but their advice for … Read More

Aerosol spread of coronavirus underscores importance of avoiding ‘three Cs’: Tam

For the first time, Canadian health officials are officially recognizing that COVID-19 can spread through tiny droplets known as aerosols that can linger in the air, but their advice for … Read More

Paper towel, dry baby wipes can work as filter in 3-layer masks: experts

As the cold winter weather forces most of us indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s health leaders say it’s time to upgrade our cloth face masks. Read more: Can’t wear … Read More

3-layer masks with filter now recommended, Canada’s top doctor says

Canada’s top doctor has unveiled new recommendations for non-medical masks, saying they should be made of at least three layers and stressing their importance as the country heads indoors for … Read More

Canada adds 2,330 more coronavirus cases Sunday

Forty-three more people in Canada have died of the novel coronavirus, officials said Sunday, bringing the country’s death toll to 10,179. Since the pandemic began, 236,595 people in Canada have … Read More

Canada is nowhere near herd immunity to the novel coronavirus as second wave surges: Tam

Should Canada have shut its borders earlier to prevent the spread of the coronavirus? It’s a question that will need to be examined, says the country’s top doctor, but right … Read More

‘Big parties are off’ as Canada battles coronavirus, Tam says

Canadians need to reduce their contacts to get COVID-19 under control, the country’s top doctor said as she presented new modelling on the trajectory of the pandemic. “If we increase, … Read More

Canadians must ‘really reduce’ contacts as coronavirus surges: Tam

Canadians need to reduce their contacts to get COVID-19 under control, the country’s top doctor said as she presented new modelling on the trajectory of the pandemic. “If we increase, … Read More

2,145 more coronavirus cases confirmed as Canadian total pushes past 215,000

Canada added 2,145 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to its nationwide tally on Sunday, along with 24 more deaths. So far, 215,884 people in Canada have tested positive for … Read More

Canada must ‘immunize’ public against misinformation before COVID-19 vaccine arrives: Tam

Canada’s chief public health doctor says in the age of social media, fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been spreading faster than the virus itself. Dr. Theresa Tam says … Read More

Canada tops 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus

Canada surpassed 200,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, marking a grim milestone for the country as provinces work to control the second wave. By the end of … Read More

Canada tops 200,000 cases of coronavirus

Canada surpassed 200,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, marking a grim milestone for the country as provinces work to control the second wave. As of Tuesday at … Read More

Tam describes early scramble for coronavirus supplies as ‘swabaggedon’

As the early days of the coronavirus pandemic raged, Canadian public health officials found themselves facing down what the country’s top doctor on Wednesday described as “swabaggedon.” The swift and … Read More

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