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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine allocations to Canada already assuming six doses per vial

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine allocations to Canada already assuming six doses per vial

OTTAWA — Pfizer and BioNTech are already assuming Canada will agree their COVID-19 vaccine vials contain six doses instead of five and are using that to project how many vials they will send Canada in the coming weeks.
Easing rules for parental benefits created inequities among parents, documents say

Easing rules for parental benefits created inequities among parents, documents say

OTTAWA — Newly released documents show federal officials have been aware since the fall that some new parents might be receiving a smaller amount of money than they would have if not for a change in the way COVID-19 pandemic benefits are delivered to
Canadian military dealing with surge in new COVID-19 infections since December

Canadian military dealing with surge in new COVID-19 infections since December

OTTAWA — The Canadian Armed Forces is grappling with a surge in the number of troops who have been infected with COVID-19 over the past month, even as a growing number of service members have started receiving vaccinations from the illness.
Cancel travel plans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urges Canadians

Cancel travel plans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urges Canadians

OTTAWA — Ongoing tensions between the provinces and the federal government over the management of the COVID-19 pandemic pivoted back Tuesday to the question of whether and how border controls can be tightened to slow the spread of the virus.
Canada seeking reassurance as Europe mulls export controls on COVID-19 vaccines

Canada seeking reassurance as Europe mulls export controls on COVID-19 vaccines

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he remains confident in Canada's vaccine supplies despite threats from Europe that it might impose export controls on vaccines produced on that continent.
The end of hugs: How COVID-19 has changed daily life a year after Canada's first case

The end of hugs: How COVID-19 has changed daily life a year after Canada's first case

MONTREAL — On January 25th, 2020, Canadians were still living their lives like they always had: commuting to the office, visiting friends, dining out, hugging loved ones, vacationing.
Vaccine delays top agenda as Parliament set to resume after less-than-restful break

Vaccine delays top agenda as Parliament set to resume after less-than-restful break

OTTAWA — Members of Parliament return to the House of Commons on Monday following a month-long break that was anything but restful to again face the ramification of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the threat of a possible election.
Too soon to know if Canada's COVID-19 case decline will continue, Tam says

Too soon to know if Canada's COVID-19 case decline will continue, Tam says

MONTREAL — It's still too soon to know whether the recent downward trend in new COVID-19 cases will continue, Canada's chief public health officer said Sunday as several provinces grappled with outbreaks that threatened to derail their fragile progre
Scientists launch social media campaign to counter COVID-19 misinformation

Scientists launch social media campaign to counter COVID-19 misinformation

TORONTO — Scientists and health experts are launching a nationwide campaign to counter misinformation about COVID-19 and related vaccines.
Health Canada approves Spartan Bioscience's previously recalled rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approves Spartan Bioscience's previously recalled rapid COVID-19 test

TORONTO — The federal government has approved an Ottawa company's made-in-Canada rapid COVID-19 test, Health Canada confirmed Saturday as the nation's top doctor warned the virus's impact on the health-care system showed no signs of abating.