FDA panel is first key test for Biden COVID-19 booster plan
News/World: The Biden administration's plan to dispense COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans faced its first major hurdle Friday as a government advisory panel met to decide whether to endorse extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
Life and death: What critical-care triage could mean in Alberta ICUs
News/Canada/Edmonton: Alberta's critical care triage protocol details how life-and-death decisions would be made if ICUs run out of beds and staff amid the surge of COVID-19 cases. The triage protocol has never been enacted, but health-care workers are now being briefed on the plans in preparation for the worst.
Why vaccine passports may be an important tool in boosting vaccination rates
News/Health: Provinces across Canada are introducing vaccine passports, allowing those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in some indoor recreational activities. But apart from that, what do the passports accomplish, and how effective are they? CBC News spoke to some experts.
CDC study finds childhood obesity increased at ‘substantial and alarming’ levels during COVID pandemic
Child obesity levels in the U.S. increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly among children who were already obese from the outset, according to the findings of a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Canada must 'learn from' the pandemic crisis in parts of the West, Tam says
News/Politics: Canada's chief public health officer says other provinces need to learn from the poor pandemic example being set by Alberta and Saskatchewan if they want to avoid the crisis now afflicting health services in those provinces.
Several studies support COVID-19 vaccine boosters as FDA remains neutral ahead of Friday vote
Several studies published Wednesday supporting potential use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine booster shot amid waning immunity met a neutral tone from the Food and Drug Administration, per documents posted ahead of a critical meeting Friday.
Parents seek out COVID-19 vaccine trials for their children ahead of official authorization
Rachael DiFransico’s 14-month-old daughter Sybil chewed on a plastic toy at a doctor’s office in the Cleveland suburbs while waiting one recent day to enroll in a study testing whether a Covid-19 vaccine works safely in children.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday
News/World: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he would have to spend "a few days" in self-isolation after dozens of people in his entourage fell ill with COVID-19, the TASS news agency reported.
COVID-19 during pregnancy means 10 times higher risk of ICU admission, Canadian data suggests
News/Health: Canadian data suggests people who are pregnant face significantly higher risks of serious COVID-19 requiring hospitalization, ICU admission, or life support — a particular concern because pregnant people tend to have lower rates of vaccination.
Moderna analysis: Those vaccinated last year twice more likely to contract COVID-19
Moderna released data showing its COVID-19 vaccine is effective in preventing serious health issues or death from “variants of concern" but admitting that those who received the vaccine last year were twice as likely to get the coronavirus disease.
Alberta to launch proof-of-vaccination program, declares health emergency amid surge in COVID-19 cases
News/Canada/Edmonton: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on Wednesday introduced strict and sweeping new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as he apologized for his government's handling of the pandemic.
Overburdened Red Deer hospital forced to airlift COVID-19 patients to Calgary, Edmonton
News/Canada/Calgary: Critically ill patients are being airlifted out of Red Deer Regional Hospital as doctors and nurses from its various departments are recruited to care for patients on ventilators due to spiking COVID-19 cases in central Alberta.