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.
Ducking their shots: Walter Reed whistleblower wants military to step up
Charles Eggleston was among the original Walter Reed whistle blowers who alerted the world to the black mold that was harming injured vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. His mission now is fighting vaccine hesitancy among troops and veterans.
AstraZeneca weighs seeking full U.S. approval for COVID shot, skipping emergency-use application
AstraZeneca PLC could skip asking the Food and Drug Administration for emergency-use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine, according to people familiar with the matter—and instead pursue the more time-intensive application for a full-fledged license to sell the shot.
CDC's Nancy Messonnier, who warned coronavirus would cause 'severe' disruption, resigns
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official who first warned last February “disruption to everyday life may be severe” as a result of coronavirus spread, is resigning.
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.
Vatican coronavirus conference features Fauci, Francis — and Aerosmith
The CEOs of vaccine-makers Pfizer and Moderna joined cardinals, academics and the lead guitarist of Aerosmith in opening a unique Vatican conference on COVID-19, other global health threats and how science, solidarity and spirituality can address them.
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.