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Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Friday
News/World: The British government announced a major simplification of its rules for international travel on Friday, heeding complaints from travellers and businesses that its regulations aimed at staving off the spread of COVID-19 were cumbersome and ineffective.
FDA panel is first key test for Biden COVID-19 booster plan
News/World: The Biden administration's plan to dispense COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans faced its first major hurdle Friday as a government advisory panel met to decide whether to endorse extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
Life and death: What critical-care triage could mean in Alberta ICUs
News/Canada/Edmonton: Alberta's critical care triage protocol details how life-and-death decisions would be made if ICUs run out of beds and staff amid the surge of COVID-19 cases. The triage protocol has never been enacted, but health-care workers are now being briefed on the plans in preparation for the worst.
Why vaccine passports may be an important tool in boosting vaccination rates
News/Health: Provinces across Canada are introducing vaccine passports, allowing those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in some indoor recreational activities. But apart from that, what do the passports accomplish, and how effective are they? CBC News spoke to some experts.
These charts show how much more often unvaccinated Albertans are being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19
News/Canada/Calgary: Recent rates of hospitalization, intensive care unit (ICU) admission and death among unvaccinated Albertans have been at least eight times higher — and as much as 60 times higher — compared to the fully vaccinated population, depending on which age range you look at.
Canada must 'learn from' the pandemic crisis in parts of the West, Tam says
News/Politics: Canada's chief public health officer says other provinces need to learn from the poor pandemic example being set by Alberta and Saskatchewan if they want to avoid the crisis now afflicting health services in those provinces.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday
News/World: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he would have to spend "a few days" in self-isolation after dozens of people in his entourage fell ill with COVID-19, the TASS news agency reported.
COVID-19 during pregnancy means 10 times higher risk of ICU admission, Canadian data suggests
News/Health: Canadian data suggests people who are pregnant face significantly higher risks of serious COVID-19 requiring hospitalization, ICU admission, or life support — a particular concern because pregnant people tend to have lower rates of vaccination.
Alberta to launch proof-of-vaccination program, declares health emergency amid surge in COVID-19 cases
News/Canada/Edmonton: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on Wednesday introduced strict and sweeping new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as he apologized for his government's handling of the pandemic.
Overburdened Red Deer hospital forced to airlift COVID-19 patients to Calgary, Edmonton
News/Canada/Calgary: Critically ill patients are being airlifted out of Red Deer Regional Hospital as doctors and nurses from its various departments are recruited to care for patients on ventilators due to spiking COVID-19 cases in central Alberta.
N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Vaccination proof to be required after record 63 cases, 1 death recorded
News/Canada/New Brunswick: People aged 12 and older will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and government identification to access certain New Brunswick businesses and events, such as restaurants and indoor funerals, starting next Wednesday in a bid to limit the spread of the virus and boost vaccination rates.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday
News/World: The World Health Organization said there were about four million coronavirus cases reported globally last week, marking the first major drop in new infections in more than two months. In recent weeks, there have been about 4.4 million new COVID-19 cases.
A reality check on Alberta's path to the devastating 4th wave of COVID
News/Canada/Calgary: In April, Premier Jason Kenney promised the "best summer in Alberta's history." Five months later, the province's COVID-19 cases have soared, ICUs have filled and public anger has swelled. CBC News asked several experts whether Alberta could have prevented the fourth wave by making different decisions.
Canada was already desperately short of nurses before COVID-19. Now nurses say they're hanging on by a thread
Radio/White Coat, Black Art: The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened Canada’s already critical nursing shortage, and experts say it’s going to take strategic planning, incentives and a lot of effort to make work life more sustainable for nurses to build a bigger workforce.