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The end of hugs: How COVID-19 has changed daily life a year after Canada's first case

The end of hugs: How COVID-19 has changed daily life a year after Canada's first case

MONTREAL — On January 25th, 2020, Canadians were still living their lives like they always had: commuting to the office, visiting friends, dining out, hugging loved ones, vacationing.
Vaccine delays top agenda as Parliament set to resume after less-than-restful break

Vaccine delays top agenda as Parliament set to resume after less-than-restful break

OTTAWA — Members of Parliament return to the House of Commons on Monday following a month-long break that was anything but restful to again face the ramification of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the threat of a possible election.
Too soon to know if Canada's COVID-19 case decline will continue, Tam says

Too soon to know if Canada's COVID-19 case decline will continue, Tam says

MONTREAL — It's still too soon to know whether the recent downward trend in new COVID-19 cases will continue, Canada's chief public health officer said Sunday as several provinces grappled with outbreaks that threatened to derail their fragile progre
Scientists launch social media campaign to counter COVID-19 misinformation

Scientists launch social media campaign to counter COVID-19 misinformation

TORONTO — Scientists and health experts are launching a nationwide campaign to counter misinformation about COVID-19 and related vaccines.
Health Canada approves Spartan Bioscience's previously recalled rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approves Spartan Bioscience's previously recalled rapid COVID-19 test

TORONTO — The federal government has approved an Ottawa company's made-in-Canada rapid COVID-19 test, Health Canada confirmed Saturday as the nation's top doctor warned the virus's impact on the health-care system showed no signs of abating.
Non-essential travel ban would violate Constitution but courts might allow it: expert

Non-essential travel ban would violate Constitution but courts might allow it: expert

MONTREAL — Fear that Quebecers will catch a new variant of COVID-19 on vacation is what's driving demands by the Quebec premier for Ottawa to ban non-essential flights to the country.
Don't downplay mRNA: Experts say new technology could change the vaccine landscape

Don't downplay mRNA: Experts say new technology could change the vaccine landscape

When drug companies like Pfizer and Moderna learned to successfully incorporate messenger RNA technology into a COVID-19 vaccine, experts say they likely opened the door to a significant shift in the future of immunization.
Blood thinners help moderate COVID cases and may reduce strain on ICUs, trials show

Blood thinners help moderate COVID cases and may reduce strain on ICUs, trials show

TORONTO — Canadian scientists say blood thinners appear to prevent some COVID-19 patients with moderate illness from deteriorating further, offering a "massive" advance in treatment they expect will ease suffering and lesson strain on hospital ICUs.
Trudeau speaks to Pfizer CEO as delays to vaccine shipments get worse

Trudeau speaks to Pfizer CEO as delays to vaccine shipments get worse

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla by phone Thursday, the same day the company informed Canada delays to its shipments of COVID-19 vaccines are going to be even worse than previously thought. Maj.-Gen.
Some provinces yet to say when jail inmates to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Some provinces yet to say when jail inmates to be vaccinated against COVID-19

A director at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association believes provinces should set targets for vaccinating inmates in provincial jails — something half of jurisdictions have yet to do.