Coronavirus variants are testing the limits of what we once thought was safe in Canada

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Study suggests vaccines may improve symptoms for some COVID-19 long-haulers

Elaine McCartney typically keeps a list on hand of her 30 or so health issues following a bout of COVID-19 a year ago— in part because she just can’t keep track of them... Read more »

COVID-19 shots for school? What needs to happen to get kids in Canada immunized

Parents and children wanting to know when COVID-19 vaccines could roll out to Canada’s youngest people recently got a glimpse at the answers. Dr. Supriya Sharma, Health Canada’s chief medical adviser, said... Read more »

Why restricting AstraZeneca vaccines in Canada means balancing ‘vaccine risk vs. disease risk’

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How clotting, platelets and AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine tie together

The recommendation to pause AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccinations among Canadians under age 55 has prompted questions. It follows concerns the vaccine might be linked to a rare blood clotting condition. Here are some answers... Read more »

Pfizer study suggests COVID-19 vaccine is safe, protective in younger teens

In a study of 2,260 U.S. volunteers ages 12 to 15, preliminary data showed there were no cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated adolescents compared to 18 among those given a placebo,... Read more »

Why Canada is suspending use of AstraZeneca vaccine in people under 55

Canada’s vaccine advisory committee is recommending immediately suspending the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine in Canadians under 55, following reports of rare but potentially fatal blood clots in Europe that appear to... Read more »

Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines highly effective after 1st shot in real-world, U.S. study suggests

U.S. government’s first look at the real-world use of the mRNA type of COVID-19 vaccines found their effectiveness was nearly as robust as it was in controlled studies. View original article here... Read more »

As supply of N95-style respirators grows, some say it’s time to upgrade our masks

Masks4Canada calls for Health Canada to update mask guidance. View original article here Source Read more »

Why Canada’s decision to delay 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccines may not work for everyone

New research suggests delaying second doses of COVID-19 vaccines by up to four months may not be the best approach for some older Canadians as some experts question whether Canada’s vaccination advisers,... Read more »