Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Saturday
News/World: Israel is pressing ahead with its aggressive campaign of offering coronavirus boosters to almost anyone over 12 and says its approach was further vindicated by a U.S. decision to give the shots to older patients or those at higher risk.
A Canadian COVID-19 study that turned out to be wrong has spread like wildfire among anti-vaxxers
News/Health: An inaccurate Canadian study showing an extremely high rate of heart inflammation after COVID-19 vaccines has been retracted due to a major mathematical error — but not before it spread like wildfire on anti-vaccination websites and social media.
Tam is asked to advise parents considering COVID-19 vaccines for children
News/Canada: A reporter asks Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, for her advice to parents considering vaccinating their children once the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to those younger than 12.
CDC director denies defying agency panel over COVID-19 booster recommendations
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky denied overruling an agency advisory committee that had reportedly refused to endorse Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots during a White House briefing Friday afternoon.
Tam asked to advise parents considering COVID-19 vaccines for children
News/Politics: A reporter asks Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, for her advice to parents considering vaccinating their children once the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to those younger than 12.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Friday
News/World: Portugal is scrapping many of its remaining COVID-19 restrictions, after becoming the world leader in vaccination rollout — though the prime minister cautioned that the pandemic isn't over and "the risk is still there."
Premiers call for 'urgent' increase in health care funding
News/Politics: The country's premiers stood united Thursday in calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to increase the federal government's share of health care costs and to hold a first ministers' meeting to discuss the issue.
CDC advisers recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for 65 and older, high risk
News/Health: An advisory panel at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older and for some adults with underlying medical conditions that put them at risk of severe disease.
Quebec offers $1B to lure nurses back to public system amid staffing crisis
News/Canada/Montreal: The Quebec government has announced it will give bonuses of $15,000 to part-time nurses in the public system who are willing to work full-time and $12,000 to nurses who have quit if they come back, as part of its emergency plan to fix the staffing crisis in the health-care network.
Ottawa promises to step up after Alberta asks for help with airlifting COVID-19 patients
News/Politics: Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the federal government will pitch in after Alberta asked for help with airlifting COVID-19 patients, ICU-registered nurses and respiratory therapists.