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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.
More than 5,000 international air travellers positive for COVID-19 since February

More than 5,000 international air travellers positive for COVID-19 since February

Among them, 1,566 tested positive for a variant of concern and another 134 tested positive for a variant of interest. More than 95 per cent of the variants of concern are B.1.1.7, first identified in the United Kingdom.
NACI advice on 'preferred vaccines' for COVID-19 sparks confusion, anger

NACI advice on 'preferred vaccines' for COVID-19 sparks confusion, anger

NACI said Monday that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are "preferred" and that Canadians should weigh the risks of waiting for one of them before deciding whether to take a more immediate jab of either of the other two approved for use in Canada.
Canada to receive 2M vaccine doses this week as Pfizer-BioNTech ramp up deliveries

Canada to receive 2M vaccine doses this week as Pfizer-BioNTech ramp up deliveries

Pfizer and BioNTech have been consistently delivering around one million doses from Brussels each week since mid-March, but those numbers will double over the next month before increasing further in June.