Canadian governments must fix health-care crisis, workers and advocates urge – National |

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted November 4, 2022 9:52 am Descrease article font size Increase article font size Associations representing Canada’s doctors, nurses and health organizations are calling on governments to work together to solve the health-care crisis that is affecting people across the country. The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association and … Read more

Updated Pfizer COVID-19 booster enhances protection, company says – National |

Pfizer’s updated COVID-19 booster significantly revved up adults’ virus-fighting antibodies, the company said Friday, releasing early findings from a rigorous study of the new shots. Booster doses tweaked to target the most common Omicron strain rolled out in early September, and the Food and Drug Administration said the latest data should spur more Americans to … Read more

Quebecers urged to stay home if sick, even if it’s not COVID-19 |

Don’t feel well? Quebec’s top doctor says to stay home ⁠— even if you don’t have COVID-19. Luc Boileau, director of the province’s public health department, said Wednesday that novel coronavirus indicators seem to be improving since the middle of October. But he said problem is that it’s “not the only virus that’s circulating, there … Read more

Rapid response needed to address spike in heart disease cases linked to COVID-19: expert – National |

A Canadian heart researcher says a rapid response is needed to address the surge in cardiovascular cases linked to COVID-19 following recent studies that show the virus can increase a person’s risk of developing heart problems. “This is not new…. We’ve known about it for a long time that the risk is there … and … Read more

Health Canada approves Moderna’s bivalent COVID-19 vaccine – National |

Health Canada has authorized Moderna’s bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine for those 18 years old and older after approving Pfizer’s in October. Moderna’s booster will also target the Omicron BA.4 and BA.4 subvariants of COVID-19. Health Canada deemed the “Spikevax” booster “safe and effective” after a “thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence.” “Clinical trial … Read more

What is RSV? Here’s what to know about the virus as cases surge in Canada – National |

Canada is reporting an increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity that is “above-expected levels for this time of year” — leading to a surge of cases in ERs and hospitals across the country. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) “is the most common virus that can infect the lungs … Read more

China rolling out needle-free, inhalable COVID-19 vaccine – National |

The Chinese city of Shanghai started administering an inhalable COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday in what appears to be a world first. The vaccine, a mist that is sucked in through the mouth, is being offered for free as a booster dose for previously vaccinated people, according to an announcement on an official city social media … Read more

Is it cold, COVID or the flu? Experts say its ‘very difficult’ to differentiate – National |

As flu season approaches amid the rise of new COVID-19 variants, experts say it’s very difficult to differentiate between a cold, flu, or a COVID-19 infection and regardless of what an infected person has, Canadians still need to wear masks and physically distance themselves from others in order to stay safe. “A lot of these … Read more

Dwindling demand for COVID-19 boosters puts price hikes on table – National |

With most Americans delaying or skipping new COVID-19 booster shots, analysts and investors are now predicting far fewer will be given each year, pushing the number of shots well below annual flu vaccinations. With fewer shots needed, vaccine makers including Pfizer Inc., partner BioNTech, rival Moderna Inc. and Novavax Inc. could have to hike prices … Read more

Approval of AstraZeneca’s Evusheld COVID treatment in Canada is ‘good news,’ experts say – National |

Health Canada has approved AstraZeneca’s antibody combination Evusheld as a treatment for COVID-19, a decision experts say is “good news” that will lead to more treatment options in the future. AstraZeneca Canada said in a press release Tuesday that its Evusheld, a long-acting antibody combination, has received a Notice of Compliance from Health Canada to … Read more