With vaccinations surging across Canada, and confirmed COVID case counts and hospitalizations at a national level declining, the other side of the pandemic is drawing tantalizingly, mercifully closer and experts are beginning to offer glimpses of the future. There are still many unknowns, and only speculations as to “what next,”...
Second dose appointments for some COVID-19 vaccines will open Friday in Manitoba, but those who received the AstraZeneca-Oxford jab will have to wait a little longer. The newly opened appointments will be reserved for priority groups with certain health conditions or compromised immune systems who have already received a first dose...
Residents of Ontario and Alberta will be able to get a rapid COVID-19 test in Shoppers Drug Mart stores, starting from May 17, 2021. Announcing the news, the company confirmed that "quick and convenient COVID-19 screening" is now accessible to asymptomatic customers in all Shoppers and Loblaw pharmacies across the...
Dr. Ben Chan remembers hearing the preliminary reports back in March of blood clots appearing in a handful of European recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The global health expert with the University of Toronto followed the developments closely over ensuing weeks as researchers went from examining what was going...
It’s a sense of relief for Manitoba parents whose kids are 12 to 17. The age group is one that is now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. “We were very excited,” said parent Elizabeth Dyer. For parents whose kids have underlying conditions, like diabetes, that sigh of relief is even deeper. “That...
Some health experts are questioning Canada's decision to accept thousands of doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from a global vaccine-sharing alliance, only to have them sit in freezers in an Ontario warehouse. More than 655,000 doses of AstraZeneca, which most provinces have now decided against using first doses, arrived in...
A homegrown mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 shows promising results in its first small trial and its maker is hoping to test it directly against the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech. Calgary-based Providence Therapeutics says its vaccine produced no serious adverse events and developed good antibodies against COVID-19 that “compare favourably” with the...
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, says the government will ensure that people can get their second doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine and Health Canada will continue to review studies on mixing vaccines. - B.C. reports 515 new cases, two more deaths British Columbia reported 515 new cases...
The Manitoba government is preparing to open COVID-19 vaccine appointments to everyone 18 years old and older starting Wednesday. Premier Brian Pallister briefly mentioned the change in the legislature and the Health Department has confirmed the move. The minimum age among the general population has been dropping quickly in recent days...
Once again, the age of eligibility for Quebecers to book their COVID-19 shots has come down a day early. On Sunday, people aged 30-years-old and older were listed as eligibile for the vaccine on the Clic Sante website. According to the schedule put forth by the Quebec government, people between 30 and...