Scientists racing to understand new COVID-19 variants and whether they will derail vaccination efforts

After the virus behind COVID-19 spent 2020 wreaking havoc around the globe, this year started with a bit more hope — vaccination efforts were ramping up, after all — and a tinge of fear.Multiple new coronavirus variants have been discovered...

China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic: expert panel

A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the UN health agency should have labelled it a pandemic...

Scientists are racing to understand the new COVID-19 variants, and if they will derail vaccination efforts

After the virus behind COVID-19 spent 2020 wreaking havoc around the globe, this year started with a bit more hope — vaccination efforts were ramping up, after all — and a tinge of fear.Multiple new coronavirus variants have been discovered...

How the spread of coronavirus variants could completely change the pandemic in Canada 

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. More contagious strains of the coronavirus...

What you need to know about getting both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine

Getting vaccinated to protect yourself from the virus behind COVID-19 isn't a one-and-done process in Canada right now.The two approved options, from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, both require a two-dose regimen, with each dose ideally spaced apart by a specific time...

What it will take to keep nursing home residents safe from COVID-19

To counter some of the drivers of coronavirus transmission among essential workers, governments across Canada should prioritize safety, say experts who've looked closely at avoiding outbreaks among the most vulnerable.Canada's worst outbreaks continue to hit residents of long-term care homes,...

Ontario couple faces charges over 1st Canadian cases of new COVID-19 strain, detected only by fluke

The first known cases in Canada of a variant of the coronavirus first reported in the U.K. were discovered only by fluke, and the couple who fell ill are now facing public-health charges, CBC News has learned. The woman and man, from...

Canada building facilities to make vaccines for COVID-19 and other viruses here

In the initial sprint to create a vaccine for COVID-19, Pfizer and Moderna crossed the finish line first. But for Canadian researchers who continue to work away at coronavirus vaccines and therapeutics, there are still big potential wins ahead.While priority...

COVID-19 infection vs. vaccination: Which is better for immunity?

Both a natural COVID-19 infection and a vaccination are expected to protect you from getting sick with COVID in the future. But how are they different? What are the pros and cons of each? And is one better for immunity?Here's...

‘Lockdown light’ failed in Canada’s hardest-hit regions. Here’s what experts say should happen now

There's no getting around it — lockdown measures don't seem to be working in Ontario and Quebec the second time around.Health experts say Canada's hardest-hit provinces have consistently failed to contain the spread of COVID-19 with inadequate, poorly timed restrictions, leaving little...
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