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Omicron BA.5 will account for nearly 70% of cases by Canada Day, experts predict – National

Researchers examining the threat of emerging COVID-19 strains predict Omicron BA.5 will account for nearly 70 per cent of cases in much of the country by Canada Day. Modelling expert Sarah Otto of the Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network says the fast-spreading subvariant is on track to dominate infections across the country. The University of British […]

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North Korea says COVID-19 outbreak began with ‘alien things’ near border with South – National

North Korea claimed on Friday the country’s first COVID-19 outbreak began with patients touching “alien things” near the border with South Korea, apparently shifting blame to the neighbor for the wave of infections that hit the isolated country. Announcing its probe results, the North ordered its people to “vigilantly deal with alien things coming by […]

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Moderna seeks Health Canada nod for new double-protection COVID-19 booster – National

Moderna has submitted an application to Health Canada for approval of its new COVID-19 vaccine, designed to protect against both the original strain and Omicron variant of the virus. Patricia Gauthier, president and general manager for Moderna Canada, says the application for its combination shot, known as a bivalent vaccine, was submitted to the Canadian […]

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U.S. doctors see spike in vasectomies following end of Roe v. Wade: report – National

Doctors across the U.S. are reporting a surge in requests for vasectomies following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade legal precedent that once guaranteed the federal right to an abortion, according to The Washington Post. Doug Stein, a urologist from Florida, a state that recently banned abortion past 15 weeks’ gestation, […]

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Nutrition labelling will soon be required on front of some packaged food in Canada – National

Canada will require that companies add nutrition warnings to the front of pre-packaged food with high levels of saturated fat, sugar or sodium, starting in 2026. But ground meat will be exempt from the labels, after ranchers groups objected to Health Canada’s proposal earlier this month. The government says the labels are meant to help […]