Why Canada’s big bets on delaying, mixing doses of COVID-19 vaccines could pay off

While the typical approach for COVID-19 vaccinations is using the same brand for each dose, given at specific intervals, Canada has been exploring mixing doses on top of delaying second shots up... Read more »

Ontario investigating 2 long-term care homes following allegations residents died of neglect during pandemic

Ontario is investigating two Toronto long-term care homes where the Canadian military reported residents died of neglect, not COVID-19, during outbreaks last year. Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton said multiple inspectors are working with... Read more »

Ontario doctors dispute nurses’ claims about pandemic pay

The professional organization representing Ontario’s doctors says that some of the claims nurses have made about the pay physicians receive when working as so-called nurse extenders during the pandemic are not true. ... Read more »

Ontario ICU nurses say doctors are getting 10 times their pay for similar work during pandemic

Two Toronto-area nurses are airing their frustrations over how the Ontario government let their pandemic pay expire while continuing to pay boosted wages to doctors, some of whom are doing the same work... Read more »

Ontario will no longer give AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as 1st dose due to blood clot risk

Ontario will no longer give the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine as a first dose due to the risk of rare blood clots. Dr. David Williams, chief medical officer of health, said on Tuesday that the province made... Read more »

Saskatchewan released a road map to reopening after COVID-19. Should Ontario do the same?

Like many Ontarians, more than a year of on-and-off lockdown restrictions has taken a toll on Ross Kutisker-Jacobson. “I’ve lived with immense frustration and feelings of hopelessness,” said the father of two... Read more »

4th wave of COVID-19 likely if Canada reopens too fast — and seasonal return may be inevitable

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 »

Ontario vowed to investigate horrific deaths in long-term care. Now it says that didn’t happen.

Nearly one year ago, as the first detailed picture emerged of the true scale of the horror faced by residents of Ontario’s long-term care system during the pandemic, a visibly emotional Premier... Read more »

Ontario records 3,436 new COVID-19 cases, vaccine appointments open to 18+ in hot spots

Ontario reported another 3,436 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as eligibility for vaccines opened to all residents aged 18 and older in hot-spot areas. Adults living in the 114 specific postal codes... Read more »

Ontario sees 3,436 new COVID-19 cases as vaccine appointments open to 18+ in hot spots

Ontario reported another 3,436 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as eligibility for vaccines opened to all residents aged 18 and older in hot-spot areas. Adults living in the 114 specific postal codes... Read more »