Merck's COVID-19 pill is effective, U.S. regulators say
News/Health: U.S. federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy.
Liberals introduce bill to provide sick pay, ban intimidation of patients and health-care workers
News/Politics: The Liberal government has introduced legislation to provide workers in federally regulated sectors with 10 days of sick pay — while also making it an offence to intimidate or prevent patients from seeking care, or to interfere with health professionals trying to deliver it.
What we know about the new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa
News/Health: As scientists race to find out more about a coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, here's what we know about where and when it was identified, why it is causing concern and what countries have done in response.
What experts predict the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine will do for national vaccination rates
News/Health: As kids aged five to 11 are being offered the vaccine across the country, doctors weigh in on what this age group can do for national vaccination rates and how this could bring us back to more normal times.
'Stick with us,' health minister urges, as number of empty nursing positions passes 1,300 in Winnipeg
News/Canada/Manitoba: Health Minister Audrey Gordon acknowledged nurses are feeling "COVID fatigue," as the health-care system remains strained by the pandemic. "Individuals are looking at other opportunities, but what we are saying to them is stick with us."
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday
News/World: The European Union's drug regulator on Thursday recommended approval of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for use on children from five to 11 years old, clearing a path for shots to be administered to millions of elementary school pupils amid a new wave of infections sweeping across the continent.
Plexiglass can be 'counterproductive' to proper COVID-19 ventilation, experts say
News/Health: Some health experts are urging establishments and institutions to re-think the use of plexiglass as a measure against COVID-19, arguing the barriers can even be "counterproductive" when they obstruct the ventilation needed to avoid spreading the more transmissible delta variant.
Canada's mask guidance has changed. Here's why you might need an upgrade
News/Health: Many doctors, engineers and scientists say the Public Health Agency of Canada's shift toward recommending medical masks and respirators over cloth masks is due to increased acknowledgement of aerosol transmission.