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Severe COVID-19 infection linked to increased risk of stillbirth, preterm birth

Severe COVID-19 infection linked to increased risk of stillbirth, preterm birth

Compared with asymptomatic patients, symptomatic patients were at double the risk of preterm birth and a 50 per cent increased risk of caesarean delivery.
Time for Canada, U.S. to get serious about how, when to reopen border, experts say

Time for Canada, U.S. to get serious about how, when to reopen border, experts say

In addition to the well-documented economic consequences, particularly among communities near the border, the year-long travel restrictions are taking a mental toll, the task force heard.
Variants threatening our progress in containing spread of COVID-19 with vaccines: Tam

Variants threatening our progress in containing spread of COVID-19 with vaccines: Tam

There have been nearly 4,500 variant cases of COVID-19 in Canada, with 90 per cent of those related to the variant first detected in the U.K., Tam said, adding that in parts of Canada, variants of concern are making up a higher proportion of all new cases.
Ottawa seeks post-pandemic ideas to prepare for next major disaster

Ottawa seeks post-pandemic ideas to prepare for next major disaster

Defence Research and Development Canada is interested in ways of addressing "high impact, low frequency" events – disasters that don't happen often but have deep and long-lasting effects when they do occur.
NACI says Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine now recommended for use on seniors

NACI says Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine now recommended for use on seniors

The new advice comes as authorities debate whether Canada is moving into a third wave of the pandemic, and investigate concerns about blood clots and AstraZeneca's vaccine.
Coming week will see trickle of COVID-19 vaccine doses before floodgates open

Coming week will see trickle of COVID-19 vaccine doses before floodgates open

The Public Health Agency says this coming week will be the last in which Canada will receive fewer than 1 million doses over a seven-day period.
Trudeau warns COVID-19 vaccine passports raise 'questions of fairness'

Trudeau warns COVID-19 vaccine passports raise 'questions of fairness'

He said some Canadians cannot be vaccinated because of medical conditions, and noted people who are not prioritized for shots will have to wait much longer than others.
Bookings to close soon for AstraZeneca vaccine in Alberta as supplies dwindle

Bookings to close soon for AstraZeneca vaccine in Alberta as supplies dwindle

The province's health delivery agency issued a statement Saturday that it was nearing the maximum number of bookings it could schedule for the current supply of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
Women, immigrants bearing the brunt of economic toll from pandemic: Report

Women, immigrants bearing the brunt of economic toll from pandemic: Report

Almost 100,000 women aged 20 and up have exited the labour market entirely, compared with fewer than 10,000 men, says a report co-authored by Desjardins and RBC.
No sign Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots: Canadian health authorities

No sign Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots: Canadian health authorities

At least nine European countries hit pause on their use of AstraZeneca's doses – some entirely, and others only on specific batches – pending further investigation of blood clots, though none suggested there is a link between the clots and getting the vaccine.