Omicron-adapted COVID-19 vaccines: Could updated shots prevent a fall wave? – National |

The COVID-19 pandemic has a new line of defence – in the form of updated vaccines after the world’s first bivalent shots were approved in the U.K. this week. A bivalent vaccine targets two different variants of the same virus. The new vaccines are still awaiting approval in Canada and while there is no word … Read more

COVID cases are rising across Canada. Where are the country’s top doctors? – National |

A seventh wave of COVID-19 is sweeping across Canada, leading to high rates of infection and increased hospitalizations in most provinces. But unlike during previous outbreaks, many of the country’s top doctors have been largely absent from the public eye. Now, health experts say the public should be getting clearer messaging – that even if … Read more

Can Canadians travel safely as BA.5 subvariant spreads globally? Here’s what to consider – National |

As the highly transmissible BA.5 subvariant of Omicron continues to spread around the world, experts are urging Canadians who are travelling this summer to have health insurance, be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, and to continue wearing masks in crowded spaces. Dr. Don Vinh, an infectious diseases specialist at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), … Read more

Omicron BA.5 COVID subvariant spreading at ‘very intense level,’ WHO warns – National |

COVID-19 cases are rising across the world as the highly transmissible BA.5 subvariant of Omicron spreads at a “very intense level,” the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. At a news conference on Tuesday, the WHO chief said subvariants of Omicron, like BA.4 and BA.5, continue to drive waves of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths … Read more

Shanghai officials say new Omicron BA.5 subvariant found in city – National |

The city of Shanghai has discovered a COVID-19 case involving a new subvariant Omicron BA.5.2.1, an official told a briefing on Sunday, signaling the complications China faces to keep up with new mutations as it pursues its “zero-COVID” policy. The case, found in the financial district of Pudong on July 8, was linked with a case from overseas, … Read more

U.S. FDA backs COVID-19 booster shots tailored to target Omicron BA.4, BA.5 subvariants – National |

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 30, 2022 11:44 am     Updated June 30, 2022 11:52 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines be modified to include components that are tailored … Read more