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Blood thinners help moderate COVID cases and may reduce strain on ICUs, trials show

Blood thinners help moderate COVID cases and may reduce strain on ICUs, trials show

TORONTO — Canadian scientists say blood thinners appear to prevent some COVID-19 patients with moderate illness from deteriorating further, offering a "massive" advance in treatment they expect will ease suffering and lesson strain on hospital ICUs.
Some provinces yet to say when jail inmates to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Some provinces yet to say when jail inmates to be vaccinated against COVID-19

A director at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association believes provinces should set targets for vaccinating inmates in provincial jails — something half of jurisdictions have yet to do.
Ottawa advocating to prioritize vaccines for Indigenous people: Miller

Ottawa advocating to prioritize vaccines for Indigenous people: Miller

OTTAWA — Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the federal government is working with the provinces to prioritize vaccinating Indigenous people against COVID-19, including those who live in urban centres and other places where the provinces p
No Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to be shipped to Canada next week: Fortin

No Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to be shipped to Canada next week: Fortin

OTTAWA — Canada is not getting any COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer-BioNTech next week and the federal government says it can't tell provinces exactly how many doses to expect over the next month.
Three experts on how well Canada has fought COVID-19 and how we could do better

Three experts on how well Canada has fought COVID-19 and how we could do better

OTTAWA — As new cases of COVID-19 surge across Canada, the federal government and the provinces have been imposing stricter measures to try to limit the illness's spread.
Canadians who have had COVID-19 should still get the vaccine, experts say

Canadians who have had COVID-19 should still get the vaccine, experts say

Studies have suggested previous COVID-19 infections may result in promising levels of immunity to the virus, leading to questions of whether those who've already recovered from the disease still need a vaccine.
Why it's imperative to stop the spread of a more transmissible COVID-19 variant

Why it's imperative to stop the spread of a more transmissible COVID-19 variant

Additional cases of a more transmissible version of the COVID-19 virus have been popping up around Canada recently, and experts are concerned about what that could mean for an already unruly spread of the disease.
Canada's top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Canada's top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

OTTAWA — British Columbia's decision to seek legal advice on limiting travel reinforces the message that it isn't the time to go on vacation across the country, Canada's chief medical officer of health said Friday. Dr.
In mandate letter, PM tells Freeland to spend on temporary measures until crisis ends

In mandate letter, PM tells Freeland to spend on temporary measures until crisis ends

OTTAWA — Emergency spending to deal with the COVID-19 crisis must not outlast the pain it's meant to salve, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has instructed Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland in a newly released mandate letter.
Pfizer-BioNTech cutting back vaccine deliveries to Canada due to production issues

Pfizer-BioNTech cutting back vaccine deliveries to Canada due to production issues

OTTAWA — Procurement Minister Anita Anand says production issues in Europe will temporarily reduce Pfizer-BioNTech's ability to deliver vaccines to Canada. Anand says the U.S.