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Federal leaders point fingers at each other over Alberta's COVID-19 health emergency

Federal leaders point fingers at each other over Alberta's COVID-19 health emergency

Trudeau said Conservative politicians across the country have not been as effective in fighting the pandemic; O'Toole pinned the deteriorating situation on Trudeau, saying the Liberal leader let the Delta variant gain a "bigger hold" than necessary; and Singh said Kenney bears the blame, but insisted Trudeau must share responsibility, since he set off an election campaign that has soaked up attention and resources.
Goodbye Pfizer, hello Comirnaty: top COVID-19 vaccines renamed in Canada

Goodbye Pfizer, hello Comirnaty: top COVID-19 vaccines renamed in Canada

Health Canada points out the vaccines themselves are not changing — only the names are.
Feds fund COVID-19 vaccination information programs for youth

Feds fund COVID-19 vaccination information programs for youth

The Canadian Safety Council will receive around $220,000 in funds for a COVID-19 vaccination-awareness program aimed at students from Grade 1 through Grade 8.
Too early to set a date on loosening travel restrictions: Canada's transport minister

Too early to set a date on loosening travel restrictions: Canada's transport minister

Speaking at a virtual news conference Thursday, Alghabra said decisions around hotel quarantines for air passengers and the eventual reopening of the border will hinge on expert advice and unspecified criteria tied to the pandemic.
Impatience, lack of clarity as clock ticks on AstraZeneca expiry date

Impatience, lack of clarity as clock ticks on AstraZeneca expiry date

Health authorities were still trying to decide whether to resume its use and if using a different vaccine for second shots makes sense. At the same time, Ottawa has been distributing hundreds of thousands of AstraZeneca doses to the provinces.
Canada's vaccine pace outstripping much of the world but still lags on second doses

Canada's vaccine pace outstripping much of the world but still lags on second doses

Canada is set to get one dose to more than half the population before the end of the long weekend, but remains far back of the pack in the full-vaccination race, with fewer than four per cent of Canadians fully immunized.
Canada to get 4.5M vaccine doses as questions swirl around immunization effort

Canada to get 4.5M vaccine doses as questions swirl around immunization effort

The large influx comes as the Liberal government faces questions about who will now lead the vaccination campaign after Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin was sidelined suddenly on Friday and reassigned from his role presiding over the national inoculation effort.
Questions remain about the future of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot in Canada

Questions remain about the future of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot in Canada

More than two million Canadians have received AstraZeneca and 17 have been confirmed to have VITT. Three women have died.
Canada may find it challenging to reach herd immunity from COVID-19, experts say

Canada may find it challenging to reach herd immunity from COVID-19, experts say

Sarah Otto, a University of British Columbia professor, said the disease's reproductive rate is hard to pinpoint, which makes it difficult to establish a herd immunity target.
Kenney under fire during Commons emergency debate on Alberta's COVID-19 crisis

Kenney under fire during Commons emergency debate on Alberta's COVID-19 crisis

Edmonton New Democrat MP Heather McPherson blasted Premier Jason Kenney and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for their handling of Alberta's COVID-19 spread.