Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Tuesday
News/Canada: Some provincial authorities saw encouraging signs in the fight against COVID-19 on Monday, even as experts warned that it's too soon to draw conclusions from the data and provinces scrambled to deal with a looming shortage of Pfizer vaccines.
Cape Breton doctors, province search for cause of high hospital death rate
News/Canada/Nova Scotia: The Nova Scotia Health Authority and a group of local doctors are both doing separate reviews to figure out why so many people are dying unexpectedly in Cape Breton Regional Municipality hospitals.
Ontario nurses no longer getting paid during self-isolation after COVID-19 exposure
News/Canada/Hamilton: Nurses in Hamilton and Niagara hospitals aren’t being paid for self-isolation time after being exposed to COVID-19. Advocates are calling on the province to reinstate the benefit from the pandemic’s first wave that did pay employees sent home.
Canadian snowbirds getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida face backlash from some residents
News/Business: Canadians who made the journey to Florida this winter are being offered the COVID-19 vaccine. But they also face a backlash from some Floridians who argue non-residents shouldn’t have early access to vaccines that are currently in short supply.
Could new virus variants derail COVID-19 vaccination efforts? Scientists hope not
News/Health: The more opportunities the coronavirus has to replicate, the more it will evolve, potentially creating a new variant that won't be mitigated by current vaccines. With concerning sets of mutations already popping up around the world, scientists are on high alert.
How to cope with winter isolation during the pandemic
News/Canada/Montreal: The pandemic is a difficult time for everyone, and experts say it's important to remember that there is a lot right now that is beyond our control. We've compiled some ways to help cope with winter isolation and to know when you should consider getting professional help.
People with underlying health issues wonder when they will get COVID-19 vaccines
News/Canada/PEI: As the number of people being vaccinated against COVID-19 on P.E.I. continues to climb, some people living with underlying health conditions say they have no idea when they will be able to access a vaccine.
Brazil OKs 2 COVID-19 vaccines, rejects Russia's candidate
Brazil’s health regulator on Sunday approved the urgent use of coronavirus vaccines made by Sinovac and AstraZeneca, enabling Latin America’s largest nation to begin an immunization program that’s been subject to delay and political disputes.
Incoming CDC director predicts COVID-19 deaths will hit 500,000 by next month
The incoming Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky warned on Sunday the U.S. is likely to see “dark weeks ahead,” with the death toll due to coronavirus potentially set to hit a half a million by mid-February.
Patient hopes Canada will introduce regulations for psychotherapy with 'magic mushrooms'
News/Canada/British Columbia: As the first terminally ill cancer patient in Canada to legally use so-called magic mushrooms to treat anxiety, Thomas Hartle is hopeful that more temporary approvals from the federal government signal a permanent regulatory regime may be in the works.