Canada in tough place, but more vaccine doses key to getting out of this pandemic: WHO adviser

OTTAWA — Canada is in a tough situation as COVID-19 variants are spreading and cases are rising amid a third wave of the pandemic but, along with the rest of the world,... Read more »

Coronavirus variants are testing the limits of what we once thought was safe 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.... Read more »

Brazil’s daily deaths from COVID pass 4,000 for first time

SAO PAULO — Brazil reported a 24-hour tally of COVID-19 deaths exceeding 4,000 for the first time Tuesday, becoming the second nation to go above that daily threshold. Many governors, mayors and... Read more »

J&J COVID-19 vaccine under EU review over blood clots

Europe’s drug regulator said on Friday that it is reviewing rare blood clots in four people in the United States who received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. The European Medicines Agency’s safety... Read more »

Homegrown evidence suggests COVID-19 is less infectious for children: Canadian study

WINNIPEG — There is some homegrown evidence children may be less infectious when it comes to COVID-19 compared to adults, according to some local researchers. “There’s probably something going on here that’s... Read more »

Ontario issues emergency orders to allow hospitals to transfer patients without consent

The Ontario government’s health agency has issued two emergency orders to help hospitals cope with a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and intensive care admissions that is threatening the province’s critical care capacity, the Ministry of Health said in a... Read more »

‘This is such a serious disease’: Inside an ICU patient transfer as COVID-19 cases rise

TORONTO — While patients get sicker and ICUs continue to fill up, critical care physicians are transporting patients between hospitals to free up beds in some of Ontario’s hardest hit regions. Naomi... Read more »

Variants driving strong resurgence of virus in many parts of Canada, Tam says

The latest: The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units across the country has reached a near record as the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants drives up hospitalizations, prompting Ontario... Read more »

Children less likely than adults to transmit COVID-19 virus: Canadian study

WINNIPEG — Canadian researchers say children may be less infectious than adults with the COVID-19 virus, suggesting daycares, schools and extracurricular activities could continue with appropriate precautions in place. Lead investigator Dr.... Read more »

Manitoba ‘in the beginnings’ of 3rd COVID-19 wave, health official warns

Manitoba may soon tighten its pandemic rules once again, the leader of the province’s vaccine task force cautioned as officials reported the highest daily COVID-19 case count in months. “I just want... Read more »