CBC Canada Health
Doctors urge caution as Regina COVID-19 cases outpace other major Canadian cities
News/Canada/Saskatchewan: Regina's COVID-19 case numbers are among the highest per capita for major Canadian cities. Premier Scott Moe hinted Tuesday at loosened restrictions, but two doctors say Saskatchewan is a long way from returning to normal.
Trans women of colour on how the pandemic has left an already marginalized community more vulnerable
News/Canada: The pandemic has cut many people off from the communities they rely on, but for transgender women of colour, the isolation and lack of support networks have made the past 11 months an especially dark and difficult time.
AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine and seniors: Where Canada and other countries stand
News/Canada: Canadians now have a third option to protect against COVID-19 after Health Canada approved the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine last week. But questions remain about whether it should be used in people aged 65 and older — an issue that is also playing out in other countries around the world.
Autism community steels itself with decision in van attack trial expected today
News/Canada/Toronto: Almost three years after 10 people were killed and many others were injured in one of the deadliest mass attacks in Toronto's history, a judge is set to render her decision Wednesday in the trial of Alek Minassian.
In face of deadly pandemic, Ontario long-term care homes continue breaking COVID-19 safety rules
News/Health: Ten months into the COVID-19 pandemic, inspectors were still catching Ontario long-term care homes violating crucial infection prevention and control measures. Many infractions occurred during or after outbreaks, a CBC News investigation found.
B.C. defends delay of 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine
News/Canada/British Columbia: B.C.'s provincial health officer is fending off criticism of the province's decision to delay second doses of COVID-19 vaccines, telling the public she is "so confident" in plan she says is based on science and data.
AstraZeneca doses set to arrive tomorrow — but questions remain about who gets them first
News/Politics: The first batch of Canada's supply of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine is set to arrive tomorrow — but public health officials still have some rollout issues to sort out before they can deliver those shots.
Ontario sees 966 new COVID-19 cases as questions over vaccine timing linger
News/Canada/Toronto: Ontario reported another 966 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, as debate continues around whether the province should expand the time between vaccine doses to speed up its immunization efforts.
Essential workers should be prioritized for AstraZeneca vaccine, experts suggest
News: Essential workers who are more likely to contract and transmit COVID-19 should be prioritized for immunization with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine now that a national panel is not recommending it for seniors, two experts say.
Why Canada's pandemic experience has been easier than some
News/Politics: Canada has fallen behind many of its wealthy nation peers in its efforts to vaccinate the population. But the efficiency of the vaccine rollout isn't the only measure of a country's pandemic experience — and according to other measures, Canada has fared relatively well.
WHO panel issues strong advice against hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19
News/World: The drug hydroxychloroquine, once touted by former U.S. president Donald Trump as a pandemic "game-changer," should not be used to prevent COVID-19 and has no meaningful effect on patients already infected, a World Health Organization expert panel said on Tuesday.
Canada's chief science adviser issues warning about B.C.'s 'experiment' with vaccine timing
News/Politics: British Columbia's decision to extend to four months the interval between first and second doses of three different vaccines amounts to a "population level experiment," said Mona Nemer, Canada's chief science adviser.
Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine not recommended for seniors, committee says
News/Health: The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) has recommended against using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in people aged 65 and older, although Health Canada has authorized it to be used in adults of all ages.
Pioneering doctor spoke up for seniors-care reform right up to his medically assisted death at age 98
News/Canada/British Columbia: Dr. Ronald Bayne was one of Canada's first geriatricians and an advocate for seniors throughout his career, right up to until his death through medical assistance in dying. "I shall not go into long term care," he said as his family grappled with his decision.
Ivory Coast begins COVID-19 inoculations with shots from COVAX initiative
News/World: Ivory Coast has begun giving shots to inoculate against COVID-19 with vaccines delivered last week by the global COVAX initiative, which was created to ensure that low- and middle-income countries have fair access to doses.