Oxford study finds AstraZeneca vaccine effective against Brazil variant: source
The data indicates that the vaccine will not need to be modified in order to protect against the variant.
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Walter Gretzky mourned in Brantford, Ont., city he helped put on the map
Two hockey sticks - one full-sized, one miniature - and a Canadian flag adorn the sign marking off Walter Gretzky's parking spot outside the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.
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Prince Abert Raiders return as one of the favourites in shortened WHL season
The Prince Albert Raiders had the best record in the WHL's East Division prior to the season shutting down last March and go into this shortened season as one of the favourites.
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Nova Scotia reports 2 new COVID-19 cases with latest health briefing on tap
As of March 4, 38,676 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
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Winnipeg paramedics asked to double up on masks: internal memo
According to an internal memo obtained by Global News, WFPS fire chief John Lane says all members are now required to wear an extra face mask under their non-medical cloth masks.
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‘Truly everyone’s hockey dad’: Condolences pour in after Walter Gretzky’s death
It's news that hit hard for many, not just for the hockey community; Walter Gretzky, father of The Great One Wayne Gretzky, passed away at the age of 82.
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Calgary police seek driver in December hit and run that injured cyclist
Police said the cyclist was hit while travelling in the area of Saddletowne Circle and 80 Avenue Northeast at around 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
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Kitchener man facing child porn charges after investigation spurred by social media company
Waterloo Regional Police say they have arrested several men from Kitchener and New Hamburg over the past few days as a result of different child pornography investigations.
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Ontario reports 1,250 new coronavirus cases, 22 more deaths
According to Friday's provincial report, 337 cases were recorded in Toronto, 167 in Peel Region and 129 in York Region, 74 in Hamilton, 63 in Ottawa and 55 in Durham Region.
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Experts say lower vaccine efficacy shouldn’t be deterrent
Experts stress that when it comes to preventing COVID hospitalization or death, data from trials showed all four vaccines were perfect.
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All Manitobans may possibly get first shot by May 18
The numbers say if vaccine supplies continue to flow in and those on the horizon are approved swiftly by Health Canada, it will move up first-dose vaccinations by months.
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Coronavirus live updates: Health Canada to authorize Johnson & Johnson vaccine
It's already been authorized in the United States and an EU decision is expected this month.
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Sweet relief: How Quebecers can bring the cabane à sucre home this season
It’s a difficult time for the iconic sugar shacks, but many are boxing up their feasts for takeout and delivery.
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What you need to know about Johnson & Johnson’s approved single-dose vaccine
Canada has already secured up to 38 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine through previous negotiations with the company, however it’s not expected that any will flow to Canada until at least April.
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Judge to decide if Edmonton-area pastor accused of violating public health orders will receive bail
James Coates with GraceLife Church, west of Edmonton, has been in jail for over two weeks and is appealing his bail conditions.
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Midland mayor urges residents to register, even if vaccine dose isn’t immediately available
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In defence of Canadian ship building
Jeffrey F. Collins: It would be nice if there were an off-the-shelf ship Canada could acquire, but none exist. Nations build ships to meet their own operational demands. The post In defence of Canadian ship building appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Conversations That Matter: Did four pillars drug plan fail?
Real change is still needed in Downtown Eastside, says SFU Prof. Julian Somers
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Newmarket doctor charged with multiple sexual assaults, including one involving 14-year-old girl
Police said after the first incident involving the Newmarket doctor, nine more victims came forward reporting sexual assault incidents including one involving a 14-year-old girl.
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York Region police lay 10 more sex assault charges against Newmarket doctor
Dr. Sam Naghibi, 68, has worked at the Davis Drive clinic since 2012.
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Health Canada Approves Johnson And Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine: Sources
OTTAWA — Health Canada is to announce approval of the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson and Johnson on Friday morning, according to multiple sources aware of the decision but not authorized to discuss it publicly.The federal regulator has found the evidence shows the vaccine is both safe and effective against the virus that causes COVID-19.It is the fourth vaccine to be approved in Canada and the first and only one Canada has purchased that requires just a single dose.Canada has pre-purchased 10 million doses, with options to buy another 28 million.Joelle Paquette, the director general for vaccines at Public Services and Procurement Canada, says the 10 million doses are to arrive by September.However it’s not expected that any will flow to Canada until at least April.Also on HuffPost:READ MOREDon't Be Picky About Which Vaccine You Get Based On Efficacy Rates: ExpertsOntario COVID Vaccine Pilot To Start At Some Pharmacies Next WeekTrudeau Optimistic Canada’s September Vaccination Goal Can Move UpMost Canadians Optimistic About Federal Vaccine Rollout Plan, Poll Suggests
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Investigation launched after body found in home that was visited five times by police
According to the BEI, Montreal police met the woman during the first visit, and she told them she was self-isolating because of her fear of being infected with COVID-19.
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Cities asking Liberals for $7B to create affordable housing
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) estimates the money could create up to 24,000 permanent affordable housing units in urban and rural communities.
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Europe Unites Behind Italy After Blocking Vaccine Shipment To Australia
BRUSSELS ― Europe’s vaccine solidarity got a shot in the arm Friday as France rallied to support Italy, saying it could follow suit in blocking exports of coronavirus vaccines outside the European Union if necessary to enforce its own contracts with drugs manufacturers.The European Union defended the Italian authorities’ decision to stop a large shipment of doses destined for Australia as part of a longstanding feud with drug manufacturer AstraZeneca, and Germany.The EU’s executive commission said the decision was not targeting Australia but had been taken to ensure that AstraZeneca delivers the number of doses it committed to dispatch to EU countries.“The fact is that the European Union is a major exporter of vaccine doses,” EU commission chief spokesman Eric Mamer said Friday.Watch: Australia appeals to EU over Italy’s vaccine block. Story continues below. Faced with a shortage of doses during the early stages of the vaccine campaign that started in late December, the EU announced the export control system for COVID-19 vaccines in late January, in a bid to force companies to respect their contractual obligations to the bloc first.Since the mechanism entered into force on Jan. 30, the Commission said that 174 authorizations of vaccine exports to 30 different countries outside the EU have been approved.But the EU has been particularly upset by AstraZeneca because the company is delivering far fewer doses to the bloc than it had promised. Of the initial order for 80 million doses to the EU in the first quarter this year, the company will be struggling to deliver half that quantity. “We believe that this vaccine is an important element of our portfolio and we therefore are expecting the delivery of the agreed doses,” Mamer said. “We are working with the companies in order to ensure that they deliver the doses that are foreseen for the European Union. For all those companies that are doing that, there are no problem with exports.”As serum supplies remain scarce in the 27-nation region amid delays in deliveries and production issues, European countries have shown signs of divisions recently, with several countries expressing their frustration over the slow rollout of doses and looking for extra supply of vaccines outside of the joint procurement set up by the EU.But Italy’s decision to block the shipment of more than 250,000 AstraZeneca doses destined for Australia closed ranks between member states. French health minister Olivier Veran said he “understood” the Italian’s government decision and indicated France “could do the same.”“Believe me, the more doses I have, the happier I am as health minister,” Veran said in an interview with BFMTV channel, adding that France and its European partners are determined to have their contracts with drugmakers enforced.Highlighting the role of the EU in the research, development and production of vaccines, the German government also justified the export restriction.“In general, vaccine exports aren’t stopped as long as the contracts with the EU are abided by,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said. “A lot of vaccines go from the EU to third countries, while nothing or almost nothing is exported from the United States and Great Britain.”Delivery delaysThe EU thought it had made excellent preparations for the rollout of vaccines to its 450 million people. It has signed deals for six different vaccines. In total, it has ordered up to 400 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and sealed agreements with other companies for more than 2 billion shots.But only 33 million doses have been given so far, and only 11 million Europeans have been fully vaccinated. Despite the current difficulties, the EU’s goal remains to vaccinate 70 per cent of the adult population in the bloc by the end of summer.The Italian’s government move marked the first use of the export control system. It frustrated the Australian government, which is seeking assurances from the EU’s executive arm that future shipments of vaccines will not be blocked.“The world is in uncharted territory at present, it’s unsurprising that some countries would tear up the rule book,” Australian Finance Minister Simon Birmingham told Sky News Australia on Friday. Birmingham acknowledged, however, that Australia received 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine last week, and “that will see our current distribution plan work.”Australia’s immunization program began last month and the government expects the vaccine will be made available to anyone who wants it by October. The country has secured 53.8 million doses of the vaccine made by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, 50 million of which will be made in Australia in a partnership with Melbourne-based biopharmaceutical company CSL.RELATEDOntario COVID Vaccine Pilot To Start At Some Pharmacies Next WeekAstraZeneca Vaccine Lands In Canada With Questions Around Who Should Get ItTrudeau Agrees To Boost Vaccine Funding For Lower-Income Countries
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Canada to announce approval of Johnson & Johnson’s 1-shot COVID-19 vaccine
The vaccine adds to Canada's growing arsenal, becoming the fourth official COVID-19 vaccine to get Health Canada's seal of approval.
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COVID-19 update for March 5: Four more deaths | Dr. Henry hints at post-pandemic world by summer
Here's your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.
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Fact or Fiction: Are Black people more likely to get dismissed when seeking medical care?
Advocates and experts say the pain of Black individuals is often not taken seriously.
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Canada posts first trade surplus since May 2019 as exports surge
Statistics Canada says January saw the country post its first trade surplus since May 2019 as exports surged higher.
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Canada spent $24M on COVID-19 vaccines received in January: StatCan
Canada spent $24 million on the hundreds of thousands of vaccines the country received in January, according to newly released estimates of trade data from Statistics Canada, arare look into the cost of the immunization effort.
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Court to hear arguments on delay in Humboldt Broncos lawsuit for proposed class action
Lawyers for a proposed class action lawsuit hoping to be certified are asking the court to delay a suit filed shortly after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
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Health Canada approves Johnson and Johnson vaccine
Health Canada is to announce approval of the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson and Johnson this morning, according to multiple sources aware of the decision but not authorized to discuss it publicly.
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