Merck agrees to let other drugmakers produce its COVID-19 pill
News/Health: Pharmaceutical company Merck agreed to allow other drugmakers to produce its COVID-19 pill, in a move aimed at helping millions of people in poorer countries get access to the potentially life-saving drug, a United Nations-backed public health organization said on Wednesday.
FDA advisory committee recommends authorizing Pfizer's COVID vaccine for kids
News/Health: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't bound by the committee's recommendation, but is expected to consider it and make a decision in the coming days on whether to approve the vaccine for kids five to 11 years old.
Long-term care home in London, Ont., charged for unsafe work conditions after nurse's COVID-19 death
News/Canada/London: A London nursing home faces charges under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act for unsafe working conditions early into the pandemic, after a registered nurse died from COVID-19 and many others were infected.
'Kissing disease’ among teenagers may trigger multiple sclerosis: report
Infectious mononucleosis – also known as "mono" or "the kissing disease" – in childhood or adolescence is associated with an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) as an adult, according to a new study.
Nunavut returns to 0 active COVID-19 cases
News/Canada/North: While there are no active cases territory-wide, outbreaks in a handful of communities are still considered ongoing, including in Coral Harbour since Sept. 29, Kugluktuk since Sept. 21, Iqaluit since Sept. 13 and Kinngait since Sept. 19.
Ontario hiring new LTC inspections staff as 269 new COVID-19 cases reported
News/Canada/Toronto: The provincial government announced Tuesday that it is spending $20 million this year to hire 193 new inspections staff and launch a proactive inspections program in Ontario's long-term care homes.
Sask. medical health officers plead with health minister for increased COVID-19 restrictions: letter
News/Canada/Saskatchewan: Medical health officers across Saskatchewan are once again pleading with the provincial government to do more to combat COVID-19, according to a letter obtained by CBC News.
'I don't hate you, I'm just mad,' Yosif Al-Hasnawi's mom tells paramedics at sentencing
News/Canada/Hamilton: Yosif Al-Hasnawi's mother says in a statement read at the sentencing of two Hamilton paramedics that the 19-year-old's death "feels like someone has ripped your heart out of your chest." The hearing for the men, found guilty of failing to give proper care to Al-Hasnawi after he was shot in 2017, continues Tuesday.
Funeral homes pivot to offer rooms for medically assisted deaths
News/Canada/London: Some funeral homes are pivoting to meet increasing demands for a new kind of service: Providing a place where clients can have a medically assisted death surrounded by loved ones but away from their own home.
With COVID-19 deaths climbing and hospitals strained, Russia rolls out restrictions
News/World: As an increasingly deadly fourth wave of COVID-19 threatens to overwhelm Russia's hospitals, officials who had been hesitant to implement restrictions in recent months are doing so now in a desperate attempt to try to reduce the record number of people dying every day.