Provinces enlisting therapy dogs to help kids get COVID-19 vaccine

Children turning up for their COVID-19 vaccine in Quebec last Friday were surprised to find not just the promise of a sticker at the end of the ordeal, but a waggy-tailed dog eager to be petted and potentially calm their fears over getting the shots. At least three provinces have been recruiting therapy dogs … Read more

Military service members face deadline to get COVID-19 vaccine or face disciplinary action​

Thousands of American service members are facing disciplinary action — up to dismissal —  if they are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday With vaccination deadlines looming, the two top Marines pleaded with the troops. “We need every single Marine in the unit to be vaccinated,” said General David Berger, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant. … Read more

Omicron raises concerns about global vaccine equity and hesitancy

After waiting on supplies for months, South Africa, at the epicenter of the new outbreak, now has enough doses of Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, but the number of people getting shots is about 120,000 per day, less than half of the government’s target of 300,000 per day. Immunizations among 20- to 40 year-olds … Read more

Virus Mimicking Antibodies May Explain Long Haul COVID-19, Rare Vaccine Side Effects

With around 256 million cases and more than 5 million deaths worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged scientists and those in the medical field. Researchers are working to find effective vaccines and therapies, as well as understand the long-term effects of the infection.  While the vaccines have been critical in pandemic control, researchers are still … Read more

Omicron variant: AstraZeneca exploring impact on vaccine, antibody cocktail – National

AstraZeneca said on Friday it was examining the impact of a new coronavirus variant that is spreading rapidly in South Africa on its vaccine and its antibody cocktail, adding it was hopeful its combination drug would retain efficacy. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday designated a new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, detected in South … Read more

Novavax says it’s developing COVID-19 vaccine to target new Omicron variant – National

Novavax Inc said on Friday it had started working on a version of its COVID-19 vaccine to target the variant detected in South Africa and would have the shot ready for testing and manufacturing in the next few weeks. The company’s COVID-19 shot contains an actual version of the virus’ spike protein that cannot … Read more

Pfizer testing its vaccine against new COVID-19 strain

Pfizer said Friday that it can produce a COVID-19 vaccine for the new virus strain identified in South Africa in “approximately 100 days,” subject to government regulatory approval. The pharmaceutical firm said in a statement to CBS MoneyWatch that its researchers are now conducting tests to see if the company’s existing vaccine is effective against the variant, … Read more

Canadians divided over when COVID-19 vaccine mandates should be lifted: poll – National

Canadians are divided on when COVID-19 vaccine mandates should be lifted for various activities, a new poll suggests, with no clear consensus on when life should return to the way it was before the pandemic. The Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News found the number of Canadians who want to wait longer for … Read more

‘More infectious and vaccine resistant’ Botswana Covid variant is driving South African surge

A new Covid variant that has more mutations than have ever been seen before is becoming dominant in South Africa and is feared to be ultra infectious and vaccine resistant, scientists warned today. Experts said the variant is growing ‘very quickly’ in South Africa and is driving the country’s surge in infections.  Around 100 cases … Read more