Canadian-led studies suggest blood thinner can help moderately sick COVID-19 patients
News/Health: A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday suggests full doses of the blood thinner heparin improved outcomes and decreased the need for life-support for moderately ill COVID-19 patients.
Alberta's chief medical officer of health sorry for causing 'confusion, fear or anger' on COVID-19
News/Canada/Calgary: Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's top health official is apologizing for causing "confusion, fear or anger" after communicating the province's plan to lift its remaining COVID-19 public health measures.
Delta variant driving 4th wave in B.C. as associated COVID-19 cases double every 7-10 days: experts
News/Canada/British Columbia: Prof. Paul Tupper said the delta variant is a "large part'' of the reason for the increase in COVID-19 case numbers in B.C. The relaxing of restrictions and reopening of the economy have also contributed to the growth, he said.
San Francisco hospital offering ‘supplemental’ COVID-19 vaccine to people who received J&J shot
San Francisco health officials, along with a major hospital, are "accommodating special requests" for a dose of Pfizer or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in people who received J&J's one-shot jab, officials confirmed to Fox News.
Dancing around delta: Manitoba's decision to go unmasked
News/Canada/Manitoba: Doctors are miffed Manitoba is doing away with one of its least restrictive and most effective means of preventing COVID-19 transmission before the more contagious delta variant becomes the dominant strain of the virus here.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world Wednesday
News/World: Japan warned on Wednesday that coronavirus infections are surging at an unprecedented pace as new cases hit a record high in Tokyo, overshadowing the Olympics and adding to doubts over the government's handling of the pandemic.
'We did what we were told': Frustration as AstraZeneca recipients forced to cancel international travel
News/Canada/Calgary: Several countries and tour operators, including many cruise lines, don't recognize the Covishield version of the AstraZeneca-Oxford, which is made in India. Others are not accepting travellers who received different types of vaccines for their first and second shots.
Pandemic, mixed messages complicate Canadian students' plans to travel to U.S. for school
News/Canada: While the federal government has announced that fully vaccinated Americans can enter Canada without having to quarantine starting Aug. 9, the U.S. said its side of the land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Aug. 21 to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Province supplies safe consumption sites with drug testing kits
News/Canada/Saskatoon: The Ministry of Health has provided drug testing equipment and training to the province’s only two safe consumption sites, meant to help curb the number of overdose deaths caused by substances laced with potent drugs.
As COVID-19 cases and 4th wave concerns in Quebec mount, so do calls for a vaccine passport
News/Canada/Montreal: Amid what Quebec officials are calling a worrisome increase in new COVID-19 cases, especially in the Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec region, calls are growing to move ahead with the vaccine passport system in the fall among other stringent measures to slow the spread of more contagious variants.