Omicron v. delta: Battle of coronavirus mutants is critical
As the omicron coronavirus variant spreads in southern Africa and pops up in countries all around the world, scientists are anxiously watching a battle play out that could determine the future of the pandemic. Can the latest competitor to the world-dominating delta overthrow it?
Omicron surveillance key as Alberta tries to control new, worrying variant
News/Canada/Calgary: As Alberta's omicron case count ticks up, scientists at the province's public health lab are working to identify cases and preparing for the possibility the new variant could take hold in the province.
Canada's first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine shows high efficacy
News/Health: Canada’s first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine has shown high efficacy against infection during Phase 3 clinical trials, the drugmakers behind the plant-based shot reported Tuesday, fuelling hopes it could soon get a stamp of approval for use.
Pandemic worsening already dire northern suicide crisis, Lac La Ronge band councillor says
News/Canada/Saskatchewan: A Lac La Ronge Indian Band councillor drove nearly seven hours to Regina from Sucker River Reserve in Northern Saskatchewan to raise the alarm about the worsening suicide crisis in his community.
The December disconnect: Why COVID alone is not to blame for Manitoba's newest ICU crisis
News/Canada/Manitoba: Faced with the task of ramping up ICU capacity to ensure no patient will ever be transferred out of province again, Manitoba has been unable to manage even a diminished patient load.
Toronto Board of Health votes to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illegal drugs
News/Canada/Toronto: The Toronto Board of Health has voted to ask the federal government to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs in the city to help tackle the worsening opioid overdose crisis.
Vaccine inequity only partially to blame for Africa's low vaccination rates, experts say
News/World: While vaccine inequity among African countries has played a major role in the continent's low COVID-19 vaccination rate, experts say capacity and logistical challenges, along with vaccine hesitancy, is also creating significant challenges.
WHO advises against using blood plasma of recovered patients as COVID-19 treatment
News/Health: The World Health Organization on Monday advised against using the blood plasma of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat those who are ill, saying current evidence shows it neither improves survival nor reduces the need for ventilators.
Pandemic disruptions led to 47,000 more malaria deaths last year, WHO says
News/World: The World Health Organization said Monday that the global response to the longtime threat of malaria has taken a hit as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted health services in many countries, leading to tens of thousands more deaths worldwide last year.
Surgeon handed 4-month suspension for noose incident at Alberta hospital
News/Canada/Edmonton: A white, South African-born surgeon who tied and taped a noose to an operating room door in 2016 to allegedly target a Black, Nigerian-born surgical assistant has been suspended from practising for four months.
COVID-related stress weighs heavily on Gen Z
Isolation. Anxiety. Uncertainty. The stresses of the coronavirus pandemic have taken a toll on Americans of all ages, but a new poll finds that teens and young adults have faced some of the heaviest struggles as they come of age during a time of extreme turmoil.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Monday
News/World: Italy is making life more uncomfortable for unvaccinated people as the holidays draw near, excluding them from indoor restaurants, theatres and museums to reduce the spread of coronavirus and encourage vaccine skeptics to get their shots.
N.S. presumes people want to donate organs when they die, but program uptake unclear
News/Canada/Nova Scotia: Nearly a year after Nova Scotia became the first jurisdiction in North America to assume residents agree to donate their organs when they die, there are challenges in getting an idea of the uptake of the program.
Omicron infects 2 fully vaccinated individuals in separate hotel rooms, report says
While health officials continue to study the COVID-19 variant called omicron, researchers in Hong Kong said the mutation infected two fully vaccinated people staying across the hall from each other inside a quarantine hotel in the city, according to a report.