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Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Tuesday
News/World: Tokyo reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, days after the Olympics began. The Japanese capital reported 2,848 new COVID-19 cases, exceeding the earlier record of 2,520 cases on Jan. 7.
Health Canada dragging feet on approving magic mushrooms for therapeutic use, patients and advocates say
News/Canada/British Columbia: A group of patients question why their applications for an exemption to use psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in what are commonly called magic mushrooms, for therapeutic purposes have gone unanswered by Health Canada.
Quebec offers 3rd dose of mRNA COVID vaccine to AstraZeneca recipients who want to travel
News/Health: The Quebec government says fully vaccinated residents who have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can receive a third dose of an mRNA vaccine before travelling — but health officials are warning that it's up to the recipient to seek their own advice.
New York City will require its workers to get vaccinated or be tested weekly for COVID-19
News/World: New York City will require all of its municipal workers — including teachers and police officers — to get coronavirus vaccines by mid-September or face weekly COVID-19 testing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.
World Bank, COVAX unveil plan to speed vaccine supplies to developing countries
News/World: The World Bank and the COVAX global vaccine distribution program unveiled on Monday a financing mechanism to speed the supply of doses to developing countries, where COVID-19 inoculation rates lag far behind those of richer nations.
Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Monday
News/World: Thailand reported a record number of coronavirus cases on Monday, while Malaysia has notched up more than one million infections, as the virulent delta variant carves a deadly path through Southeast Asia — now a global epicentre for the virus.
A jab in the comfort of home and other ways Alberta's COVID-19 vaccine hesitant are being convinced
News/Canada/Edmonton: Vaccine hesitancy in Alberta is about twice the national average. Here's how some Alberta businesses and community organizations are making COVID-19 vaccines more accessible and convincing the hesitant to roll up their sleeves.
Long waits for Toronto-area nursing homes geared to cultural groups reflect need for more of them, report says
News/Health: Experts say there is great demand for culturally specific long-term care homes, yet there are not enough to serve the needs of Greater Toronto Area's diverse older adult population.
Meet the unvaccinated: Why some Canadians still haven't had the shot
News/Politics: An impressive 80 per cent of eligible Canadians have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That statistic points to a troubling fact, however: more than six million Canadians still haven't had a shot — at a time when experts say we urgently need more coverage to beat back a surge of cases in the fall.
Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Saturday
News/World: Thousands of people took to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities on Saturday to protest pandemic lockdown restrictions, and police made multiple arrests after crowds broke through barriers and threw plastic bottles and potted plants.
Canada could avoid the worst of a 4th wave — but we're not out of the woods yet
News/Health: Canada will likely face a fourth wave of the pandemic as the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread ahead of borders and schools reopening, but there’s growing optimism another surge won’t bring the country back to a crisis point.
Exhausted PSWs feel underpaid, lack of respect. One says they're seen as 'the cockroaches of health care'
News/Canada/Hamilton: Understaffing and burnout among personal support workers (PSWs) in the Hamilton area started well before the pandemic, but has been exacerbated by its demands. Many also feel there's a lack of respect for the profession.
Two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots effective against delta variant, study finds
News/Health: Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca-Oxford's COVID-19 vaccines are nearly as effective against the highly transmissible delta coronavirus variant as they are against the previously dominant alpha variant, a new study shows.
Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Thursday
News/World: The World Health Organization on Thursday urged Indonesia to implement a stricter and wider lockdown to combat surging COVID-19 infections and deaths, just days after the country's president flagged the easing of restrictions.
Why mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for health-care workers could help Canada fight a 4th wave
News/Health: The debate over mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for health-care workers is growing louder in Canada as more countries move forward with the controversial approach to safeguard health-care settings and fight the spread of more contagious variants.