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Public Health Agency refusing to disclose uncensored documents on Winnipeg virus lab
News/Canada/Manitoba: As the Public Health Agency of Canada refuses to release uncensored internal documents, a Conservative MP says he wants to know how far Canada's collaboration with China on Level-4 pathogens went — and why two federal scientists were let go by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg in January.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Tuesday
News/World: India's coronavirus crisis showed no sign of easing on Tuesday, with a seven-day average of new cases at a new high and international heath authorities warning the country's variant of the virus poses a global concern.
Woman who had breast implants removed urges Ottawa to mandate registry of medical devices
News/Canada/British Columbia: A British Columbia woman who learned second-hand that her breast implants had been linked to a rare form of cancer is demanding that the federal government mandate a system of personalized recall alerts for all items surgically implanted in people's bodies.
WHO classifies B1617 variant, first identified in India, as global variant of concern
News/Health: The coronavirus variant first identified in India last year is now being classified as a variant of global concern, with some preliminary studies showing that it spreads more easily, the World Health Organziation said on Monday.
Saskatchewan released a road map to reopening after COVID-19. Should Ontario do the same?
News/Canada/Toronto: Some experts say even though Ontario is still in the midst of a brutal third wave, it’s time for a road map — one that can adapt and change as the COVID-19 situation evolves— to give the public a sense of control and certainty amid the chaos.
Hug Glove hanging sheet rolls out for safe embrace
A photo of Carolyn Ellis hugging her mom last year on Mother's Day went viral because Ellis had created a body-sized plastic glove hanging from a clothesline so the two could embrace safely. Now, the Guelph, Ont. woman has launched an updated version of the Hug Glove.
Fear and frustration for cancer patients caught in Ontario's surgery backlog
News/Canada: Ontario is facing a staggering surgery backlog due to the pandemic. The affected surgeries range from minor procedures to some cancer resections. Ellen Mauro looks at the personal impact of the delays and the systemwide challenges of catching up once the pandemic passes.
4th wave of COVID-19 likely if Canada reopens too fast — and seasonal return may be inevitable
News/Health: While Canada is still beating back its third wave of surging coronavirus cases, experts warn a fourth wave could strike at any time if restrictions are lifted too quickly. There's hope more vaccinations and careful reopening could prevent that, but seasonal COVID-19 might still be here to stay.
Salons, gyms among many businesses closing Sunday for Manitoba's 3-week lockdown
News/Canada/Manitoba: Restaurants, bars and patios will once again have to close to in-person dining as of Sunday, and many other businesses will have to shut down entirely for three weeks, as the province works to slow its rising third wave of COVID-19.
Trudeau non-committal on waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines
News/Politics: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is committed to making COVID-19 vaccines readily available around the world and will consider waiving intellectual property (IP) rights enjoyed by vaccine makers to improve that access.
U.K. to offer adults under 40 alternative vaccines to AstraZeneca-Oxford over blood clot concerns
News/Health: People under 40 in Britain will no longer be given the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine if another shot is available because of a link to rare, but serious, blood clots.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Friday
News/World: With coronavirus cases surging to record levels, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing growing pressure to impose a nationwide lockdown to slow transmission and ease pressure on overwhelmed health-care systems.
Ontario vowed to investigate horrific deaths in long-term care. Now it says that didn't happen.
News/Canada/Toronto: Nearly one year ago, as the first detailed picture emerged of the true scale of the horror faced by residents of Ontario's long-term care system during the pandemic, a visibly emotional Premier Doug Ford vowed his government would conduct a full investigation. Now it turns out that didn't happen.
Edmonton woman who died of vaccine-induced blood clot was turned away from ER, friend says
News/Canada/Edmonton: The first Albertan to die from a rare blood clot condition linked to a COVID-19 vaccine was turned away from an Edmonton hospital two days before her death, a family friend says.