Illustration of Black fetus has Canadian parents, educators calling for diversity in medical resources
News/Canada/Hamilton: A Nigerian medical student's illustration of a Black fetus in utero was shared by a McMaster University assistant professor from Hamilton and has gone viral. It's also led to questions about the lack of diversity in medical drawings.
Omicron: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may only partially protect against new variant, study suggests
A new study led by the Africa Health Research Institute reportedly suggests that the omicron COVID-19 variant escapes antibody immunity induced by two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Advance consent for medical aid in dying should be expanded for Quebec adults, committee says
News/Canada/Montreal: An all-party committee at Quebec's National Assembly is recommending that an adult should be able to request medical assistance in dying after being diagnosed with an incurable and incapacitating disease.
Pfizer-BioNTech pushing 3-dose COVID-19 vaccination to fight omicron variant
News/Health: Pfizer and BioNTech say a three-shot course of their COVID-19 vaccine was able to neutralize the new omicron variant in a laboratory test, and that they could deliver an omicron-based vaccine in March 2022 if needed. But the companies also note their data is "preliminary."
More surgeries may be cancelled as Manitoba ICUs face continued strain, official says
News/Canada/Manitoba: Health officials are looking at cancelling more surgeries in Manitoba to free up hospital resources as a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases continues to strain the province's intensive care units.
Firefighters puzzled by N.S. delay in expanding cancer compensation coverage
News/Canada/Nova Scotia: Successive premiers have promised to expand the list of cancers that are deemed a workplace injury for firefighters in Nova Scotia, but those changes still haven't been made. Some firefighters want to know why.
Tracking omicron: Canadian scientists race to understand new variant
News/Health: Canadian scientists are racing to understand more about the threat of the omicron variant — how fast it spreads, whether it causes more or less severe illness, and if it can escape previous immunity to COVID-19.
Mixing Pfizer and Moderna vaccines gives a better immune system response against COVID-19, study finds
British researchers set out to find whether mixing vaccines is an effective way to protect individuals against COVID-19, but they found that taking one dose of Pfizer then a second dose of Moderna nine weeks later actually produced a better immune system response than two doses of Pfizer.