Health Canada reviews RSV vaccine candidate as cases spike across country – National

As doctors worry older adults will be the next wave to become seriously ill by respiratory syncytial virus, Health Canada is reviewing a vaccine to help protect the elderly. Health Canada said it received a submission from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on Oct. 25 for an RSV vaccine for adults 60 years of age and older. In … Read more

What to expect when Trudeau testifies on the Emergencies Act on Friday – National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to close out the Public Order Emergencies Commission hearings on Friday, when he’ll testify about his decision to invoke the Emergencies Act to clear out the “Freedom Convoy” protests earlier this year. The hearings have been underway for weeks and have heard from dozens of witnesses as part of … Read more

Why Rocket Doctor and other Ontario virtual care sites face a crash

During the pandemic, Rocket Doctor appeared to be on an upward trajectory. About 250 physicians in Ontario were using the company’s cloud-based system to provide virtual appointments. On weekends doctors saw 600 to 1,000 patients and the virtual spots would be booked by Friday afternoon. The emergency department at Georgian Bay General Hospital was using … Read more

Measles now an imminent global threat due to pandemic, say WHO and CDC

Nov 23 (Reuters) – There is now an imminent threat of measles spreading in various regions globally, as COVID-19 led to a steady decline in vaccination coverage and weakened surveillance of the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US public health agency said on Wednesday. Measles is one of the most contagious human … Read more

Canada probes reports of Chinese ‘police service stations’ in Toronto

OTTAWA, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Canadian police said on Tuesday they were investigating reports of Chinese “police service stations” operating in the Greater Toronto Area for possible interference in Canadian interests and threats to national security. Canada joins countries including the United States and the Netherlands to launch such investigations after Safeguard Defenders, a Europe-based … Read more

Surgeries cancelled in midst of patient surge at London’s Children’s Hospital

London’s Children’s Hospital is the latest to cancel and reduce surgeries in the midst of a surge in patients and extended wait times in emergency departments. “This is an extremely difficult decision and one that I wish we didn’t have to make,” hospital president Nash Syed said Tuesday. “The decision to reduce surgical activity is … Read more

Drug-resistant ‘superbugs’ could become the next global health crisis. Here’s how Canada can prepare for this growing threat

Though global health crises have been in the spotlight long before the emergence of COVID-19, the pandemic offered a stark reminder of the limits of our public health systems and the need to quickly address looming threats. While our focus has been on COVID for good reason, other potential health emergencies also deserve our attention. … Read more

COVID: This painful symptom most common among those vaccinated with one single dose

Since the last 2 years, the symptoms related to coronavirus infections have changed. There could be several reasons linked to it. First, it could be because the virus mutated significantly; second, it might be because of our vaccination status. Or it could be a combination of the 2 factors. In the initial period, fever, loss … Read more

Monoclonal Antibodies May No Longer Be a Match for Emerging COVID Strains

Tixagevimab/cilgavimab (Evusheld) and bebtelovimab are likely ineffective against approximately 60% of currently circulating Omicron variants, creating a big gap in protection, particularly for immunocompromised individuals, researchers from a Harvard Medical School-led consortium said at a briefing on Thursday. This is a “big loss,” said Jacob Lemieux, MD, PhD, of the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness … Read more

How to get messaging right on masks, vaccines as ‘triple threat’ of viruses swirl – National

Public health officials looking to get buy-in among Canadians for health measures like masking and vaccination should use more positive, targeted and personal appeals — and they should follow their own advice, bioethicists and infectious diseases experts say. Lessons can also be learned from the success that Canada has seen in decreasing the number of … Read more