Manitoba signs deal to purchase Canadian-made COVID-19 vaccine that has just started human clinical trials

Manitoba has purchased two million doses of a Canadian-made COVID-19 vaccine on the condition that it is approved for use in Canada and is delivered by the end of the year. The province has reached a “preliminary agreement” to purchase a vaccine under development by Providence Therapeutics, a Toronto-based biotechnology company, which has just started submitting its product to human […]

Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World Thursday

The last: Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany failed to act quickly enough last fall to prevent a second rise in coronavirus infections. “We haven’t shut down public life early enough or consistently enough amid signs of a second wave and warnings from various scientists,” she told lawmakers on Thursday. Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed on Wednesday […]

Clinical Trials Begin in Halifax for USask’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

Clinical trials have started for another COVID-19 vaccine candidate made in Canada, with three people receiving an initial dose on Wednesday. The Canadian Immunization Center says the first of 108 healthy adult volunteers received injections in Halifax. The placebo-controlled study will administer two doses to each volunteer, 28 days apart. “It’s a product of Canadian science, so that bodes well […]

Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 ready for use despite questions about variants, WHO panel says

The Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and is expected to be widely deployed, including in countries where the coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa could reduce its effectiveness, a panel of the World Health Organization. In intermediate recommendations In the photo, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) said the vaccine should be given in […]

As Ontario Schools Reopen, Parents, Experts Say COVID Test Plan Details Missing

With Ontario students returning to face-to-face classes, the Ministry of Education recently announced it could provide up to 50,000 rapid antigen and PCR tests per week as a key part of its plan to curb the spread of COVID-19 and reopen schools safely. Testing for COVID-19 is overseen by Ontario Health, a provincial body responsible for coordinating health care. But […]

Doctors who contracted COVID-19 during a tournament explored how they got it. Here is what they found.

A new study from one of Alberta’s first COVID-19 super-spreading events – a tournament hosted last March by doctors in Western Canada – suggests that most of the transmission has occurred outside of ice cream as curlers gathered to socialize and dine at buffet and banquet tables. On March 11, 2020, the same day COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, […]

Ottawa not sure if Moderna shortage will impact Indigenous vaccine rollout

Fifteen minutes after receiving his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Chief Chris Moonias of Neskantaga First Nation took to Facebook Live to encourage other members of the community to roll up their sleeves. “There is no discomfort, no pain,” Moonias said. “We need it. We need to beat this virus.” Neskantaga, located about 450 kilometers north of Thunder […]

Little wonder: how a village helped raise one of New Brunswick’s smallest premature babies

Amanda Robichaud sees herself as a bubbly person, easygoing, quick to laugh, quick to see silver liners in difficult situations. She remembers the day she gave birth unexpectedly, calmly, without any trace of the alarm she must have felt. “I wasn’t feeling well so I went to the hospital and they said, ‘OK, you’re dilated. We’re going to send you […]