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Fear and frustration for cancer patients caught in Ontario's surgery backlog
News/Canada: Ontario is facing a staggering surgery backlog due to the pandemic. The affected surgeries range from minor procedures to some cancer resections. Ellen Mauro looks at the personal impact of the delays and the systemwide challenges of catching up once the pandemic passes.
4th wave of COVID-19 likely if Canada reopens too fast — and seasonal return may be inevitable
News/Health: While Canada is still beating back its third wave of surging coronavirus cases, experts warn a fourth wave could strike at any time if restrictions are lifted too quickly. There's hope more vaccinations and careful reopening could prevent that, but seasonal COVID-19 might still be here to stay.
Salons, gyms among many businesses closing Sunday for Manitoba's 3-week lockdown
News/Canada/Manitoba: Restaurants, bars and patios will once again have to close to in-person dining as of Sunday, and many other businesses will have to shut down entirely for three weeks, as the province works to slow its rising third wave of COVID-19.
Trudeau non-committal on waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines
News/Politics: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is committed to making COVID-19 vaccines readily available around the world and will consider waiving intellectual property (IP) rights enjoyed by vaccine makers to improve that access.
U.K. to offer adults under 40 alternative vaccines to AstraZeneca-Oxford over blood clot concerns
News/Health: People under 40 in Britain will no longer be given the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine if another shot is available because of a link to rare, but serious, blood clots.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Friday
News/World: With coronavirus cases surging to record levels, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing growing pressure to impose a nationwide lockdown to slow transmission and ease pressure on overwhelmed health-care systems.
Ontario vowed to investigate horrific deaths in long-term care. Now it says that didn't happen.
News/Canada/Toronto: Nearly one year ago, as the first detailed picture emerged of the true scale of the horror faced by residents of Ontario's long-term care system during the pandemic, a visibly emotional Premier Doug Ford vowed his government would conduct a full investigation. Now it turns out that didn't happen.
Edmonton woman who died of vaccine-induced blood clot was turned away from ER, friend says
News/Canada/Edmonton: The first Albertan to die from a rare blood clot condition linked to a COVID-19 vaccine was turned away from an Edmonton hospital two days before her death, a family friend says.
How many COVID-19 vaccines can Ontario administer per day? We did the math
News/Canada/Toronto: Ontario's top doctor boasted the province could deliver 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines per day if supply allowed. CBC News checked with every public health unit and confirmed the number is actually far lower. The province continues to aim to administer 150,000 doses per day.
More Canadians hospitalized from substance use since pandemic started, report finds
News/Canada/British Columbia: Hospitalizations from opioids, alcohol and stimulants rose during first seven months of pandemic, compared to the same time in 2019, according to a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
Doctors make life-and-death decisions as India's battle against COVID-19 rages on
News/World/World Photos: As India's health-care system teeters on the verge of collapse during a brutal second wave of the novel coronavirus, a young doctor is among the medical professionals forced to decide who will live and who will die at a New Delhi hospital.
Moderna booster increases antibodies against COVID-19 variants, early trials show
News/Health: Early human trial data shows that a third dose of either Moderna's current COVID-19 shot or an experimental new vaccine candidate increases immunity against variants of the virus behind COVID-19 first found in Brazil and South Africa, the company announced on Wednesday.
'Preferred vaccines' messaging from federal panel sparks concern, criticism from health experts
News/Health: Canadians should take the first vaccine that becomes available to them even though the federal government's advisory committee on vaccines may have sown confusion with conflicting messaging about preferred doses, some health experts say.
We probably won't reach herd immunity against COVID-19 any time soon, but it's OK, experts say
News/Health: Herd immunity looks like an increasingly high bar, and it may be out of reach. But that's no reason to despair. It's not herd immunity or bust. The closer we get, the more we can return to normal life.