Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Saturday
News/World: Higher hospital admissions among children during a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa that is driven by the omicron variant should prompt vigilance but not panic, as infections have been mild, a health official said on Saturday.
Doctors call for help as hospitals battle surgical backlogs, staffing shortages
News/Health: There is a backlog of hundreds of thousands of surgical procedures, and it will take at least $1.3 billion in additional funding to get wait times back to what they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Medical Association says.
Here's how the new arrival testing system will work for foreign travellers from non-U.S. destinations
News/Politics: Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos sought today to clarify complicated new COVID-19-related travel requirements, saying that all passengers coming from non-U.S. foreign destinations will soon have to undergo mandatory testing on arrival.
Disaster expert urges those affected by B.C. flooding to take care of their mental health
News/Canada/British Columbia: An expert on the psychological and social impacts of disasters on families is encouraging people affected by devastating floods in British Columbia to take care of their mental health while focusing on rebuilding.
All Canadians over 50 should get a COVID-19 booster shot, immunization committee says in new guidance
News/Politics: In a new report issued today, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly recommending all Canadians over the age of 50 and other vulnerable groups like health-care workers, Indigenous peoples and those living in congregate care settings get a third dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
U.K. study finds mRNA COVID-19 vaccines provide biggest booster impact
News/Health: COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna that use mRNA technology provide the biggest boost to antibody levels when given 10-12 weeks after the second dose, a British study published on Thursday has found.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Friday
News/World: The World Health Organization's chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan says while the new coronavirus variant omicron appears to be very transmissible, the right response is to be prepared, cautious and not panic.
7-year-old girl from Sambaa K'e, N.W.T., waits 3 weeks for X-ray after getting injured
News/Canada/North: Etoah Lamalice, 7, fell off a snowmobile in Sambaa K'e, N.W.T., on Nov. 9. It was three weeks until she was able to get an X-ray in Yellowknife to confirm she broke a bone in her arm. Mother Valerie Lamalice is calling for better communication in the health-care system to keep this from happening again.
New Brunswickers with doctors facing increasing wait for health care, survey suggests
News/Canada/New Brunswick: A survey on primary care done by the New Brunswick Health Council found a gradual decrease in residents' ability to get an appointment with their family doctor within five days. Only 51 per cent of New Brunswickers surveyed were able to, down from 56 per cent in 2011.
A 3-year-old went for a flu shot. Instead, she mistakenly got an adult COVID-19 vaccine
News/Canada/Manitoba: Jenna Bardarson booked her daughter for an annual flu shot. But instead, the three-year-old was given an adult dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the Brandon, Man., mother says.
Sask. resident hoping for kidney transplant says organ donation program resumption is bittersweet
News/Canada/Saskatchewan: For 25-year-old Eden Janzen, the resumption of Saskatchewan's organ donation program is bittersweet, as the Regina woman says her hope of getting a kidney transplant is becoming more distant.
Canada should focus on vaccine equity — not travel bans — human rights advocate, doctors say
News/Health: Canada has funded several initiatives designed to achieve global vaccine equity throughout the pandemic. But some doctors and a human rights advocate told CBC the Canadian government could do more.
A rise in postpartum mental health challenges sparks new supports
News/Canada/Hamilton: Before the pandemic, about one in seven women would experience postpartum depression or anxiety. A new paper’s researchers say that number has increased to one in three. New local solutions have cropped up as a result.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday
News/World: U.S. President Joe Biden is set to kick off a more urgent campaign for Americans to get COVID-19 booster shots Thursday as he unveils his winter plans for combating the coronavirus and its omicron variant with enhanced availability of shots and vaccines but without major new restrictions.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday
News/World: Nigeria has detected its first case of the omicron coronavirus variant in a sample it collected in October, weeks before South Africa alerted the world about the variant last week, the country's national public health institute said Wednesday.
Omicron could threaten COVID-19 immunity — but we're not going back to 'square one'
News/Health: The omicron variant, now reported in multiple Canadian provinces and a growing number of countries worldwide, could threaten hard-won immunity to the virus behind COVID-19. But there's hope the highly mutated variant won't bring the world back to "square one" in this pandemic.