Coronavirus

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Analysts say new variants will fuel COVID pandemic unless global vaccine rate rises

Global rate is just 59 per cent, which opens door for new variants: GAVI

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Mixing with unvaccinated increases COVID-19 risk for vaccinated people, study finds

Message of university study: choice to get vaccinated can’t be thought of as merely personal

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A health care worker prepares to test a Coastal GasLink field worker for COVID-19. (Coastal GasLink)

Canada needs a stronger COVID-19 detection system, experts say

Rapid antigen tests not as reliable at detecting the Omicron variant, or as well-tracked

A health care worker prepares to test a Coastal GasLink field worker for COVID-19. (Coastal GasLink)
A paramedic loads a stretcher back into the ambulance after bringing a patient to the emergency room at a hospital in Montreal on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Hospitals across Canada are facing a resurgence of COVID-19 patients that some health officials say will continue for another month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

‘We should be able to manage:’ Provinces experiencing rise in COVID hospitalizations

Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Prairies have all reported an increase in the past week

A paramedic loads a stretcher back into the ambulance after bringing a patient to the emergency room at a hospital in Montreal on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Hospitals across Canada are facing a resurgence of COVID-19 patients that some health officials say will continue for another month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A health-care worker hands a man a face mask at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Sunday, May 9, 2021. As Canada grapples with its sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and less data is shared with the public, a new poll offers a picture of how many people across the country have been infected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

One-quarter of Canadians have been infected with COVID-19, poll suggests

Poll shows a rate of reported infection higher than what is indicated by official data

A health-care worker hands a man a face mask at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Sunday, May 9, 2021. As Canada grapples with its sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and less data is shared with the public, a new poll offers a picture of how many people across the country have been infected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Nuvaxovid is now available as a vaccine option. (Adobe stock)

Province expands fourth COVID doses and adds Nuvaxovid as option

Due to the limited supply of Nuvaxovid, it will only be available by appointment by calling 811

Nuvaxovid is now available as a vaccine option. (Adobe stock)
The room which hosted the news conference held by Ontario Premier Doug Ford at the Queen’s Park Legislature in Toronto is disinfected on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘Infection doesn’t protect you’: Getting COVID twice is more common as immunity wanes

Recent studies done in England that suggest 10 per cent of reported cases are reinfections

The room which hosted the news conference held by Ontario Premier Doug Ford at the Queen’s Park Legislature in Toronto is disinfected on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A mink sniffs the air as he surveys the river beach in search of food, in a meadow near the village of Khatenchitsy, Belarus, northwest of Minsk, Sept. 4, 2015. A B.C. Supreme Court justice denied a request by mink farmers for interim relief that would allow them to breed the animals while their court case against the province proceeds. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sergei Grits

B.C. court denies interim request by mink farmers ahead of their COVID-19 challenge

Judge rules province was acting in the public’s best interest in phasing out the farms

A mink sniffs the air as he surveys the river beach in search of food, in a meadow near the village of Khatenchitsy, Belarus, northwest of Minsk, Sept. 4, 2015. A B.C. Supreme Court justice denied a request by mink farmers for interim relief that would allow them to breed the animals while their court case against the province proceeds. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sergei Grits
Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leave a press conference before the release of the federal budget, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday, April 7, 2022. Trudeau says Canada is donating another $220 million to the COVAX global vaccine sharing alliance. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada offers more money to COVAX while vaccine dose donations stall

$220 million to help Canada make good on its commitment to donate at least 200 million doses

Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leave a press conference before the release of the federal budget, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday, April 7, 2022. Trudeau says Canada is donating another $220 million to the COVAX global vaccine sharing alliance. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
People walk by a Resto-Bar in Old Montreal, Monday, January 31, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. Businesses across Canada are struggling to cope with the sixth wave of COVID-19, as staffing shortages hamper sectors from health care to retail and restaurants.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
People walk by a Resto-Bar in Old Montreal, Monday, January 31, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. Businesses across Canada are struggling to cope with the sixth wave of COVID-19, as staffing shortages hamper sectors from health care to retail and restaurants.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A man wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he walks past a billboard from the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver Thursday, April 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

End of vaccine card in B.C. too soon as BA.2 variant spreads: doctor

Food industry says card no longer needed in a province with high vaccination rates

A man wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he walks past a billboard from the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver Thursday, April 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The contents of a COVID-19 antigen rapid test kit are pictured in Calgary, on Jan. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Rapid tests an important, if imperfect, tool in potential sixth wave, say experts

Tests called easy and convenient way to help make better choices about health and safety

The contents of a COVID-19 antigen rapid test kit are pictured in Calgary, on Jan. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A woman pulls up her mask to get her throat swab at a coronavirus testing site near residential buildings, Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

WHO: COVID cases and deaths continue to fall globally

U.N. health agency said confirmed coronavirus infections were down in all regions of the world

A woman pulls up her mask to get her throat swab at a coronavirus testing site near residential buildings, Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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When he established his lab at the University of British Columbia in the 1980s, Vancouver biochemistry professor Pieter Cullis, as shown in this handout image, says he never could have fathomed that his “curiosity-based” research would eventually play a critical role in the development of vaccines that have benefitted hundreds of millions of people across the globe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-COURTESY OF MANUFACTURER-Paul Joseph

UBC biochemist wins Gairdner Award for role in COVID-19 vaccines

Pieter Cullis and his ‘curiosity-based’ research honoured for pioneering work

When he established his lab at the University of British Columbia in the 1980s, Vancouver biochemistry professor Pieter Cullis, as shown in this handout image, says he never could have fathomed that his “curiosity-based” research would eventually play a critical role in the development of vaccines that have benefitted hundreds of millions of people across the globe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-COURTESY OF MANUFACTURER-Paul Joseph
Second-year medical student Nina Hadzimustafic delivers a COVID-19 booster shots at Jabapalooza, a pop up vaccine clinic, in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Feds consider definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ in review of federal worker mandate

Public Service Alliance of Canada says it expects a renewed policy on April 6

Second-year medical student Nina Hadzimustafic delivers a COVID-19 booster shots at Jabapalooza, a pop up vaccine clinic, in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People wear face masks as they walk along a street in Montreal, Sunday, June 13, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new Canada-wide survey suggests that more Canadians are becoming divided, with some saying they have reduced contact with friends or family. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Survey suggests Canadians becoming more divided over COVID-19, politics

3 out of every 4 respondents said they believe society has become more polarized

People wear face masks as they walk along a street in Montreal, Sunday, June 13, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new Canada-wide survey suggests that more Canadians are becoming divided, with some saying they have reduced contact with friends or family. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Future waves of COVID-19 likely as Canada undergoes “period of transition”: Tam

Progress will not be linear, bumps likely along the way, chief health officer says

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A man receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster vaccine dose at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Dec. 27, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is expected to soon release guidance on fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine as public health indicators tick up across Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Public Health Agency of Canada says expect guidance on 4th dose of COVID vaccine soon

U.S. regulators approved a 4th dose for those 50 and older at least 4 months since last vaccination

A man receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster vaccine dose at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Dec. 27, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is expected to soon release guidance on fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine as public health indicators tick up across Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham speaks during a news conference in Vancouver, on Friday July 5, 2019. The British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture says it is ending the COVID-19 quarantine program for seasonal agricultural temporary foreign workers but will keep a different program for another year to support self-isolation to curb the spread of the virus.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. ends quarantine program for temporary foreign workers, self-isolation continues

The British Columbia Agriculture Ministry says it is ending the COVID-19 quarantine…

B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham speaks during a news conference in Vancouver, on Friday July 5, 2019. The British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture says it is ending the COVID-19 quarantine program for seasonal agricultural temporary foreign workers but will keep a different program for another year to support self-isolation to curb the spread of the virus.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck