Canadian airports warn of ‘chaos’ amid new COVID-19 testing rules

TORONTO — Canada’s plan to require novel coronavirus tests for all but U.S. arrivals on international flights risks causing “chaos” and long lines if all passengers are expected to get tested at airports, industry groups said. The move, announced Tuesday, comes as the travel season kicks into gear and could stretch airport resources as well … Read more

Pfizer submits data on antiviral COVID-19 pill to Health Canada for review

TORONTO — Pfizer has submitted clinical data to Health Canada regarding an oral medication it is hoping can be used to treat mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 in adults. Its antiviral pill is called PAXLOVID, and is intended to be given to adults aged 18 and over who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 … Read more

Infographic: World AIDS Day 2021

Although AIDS-related deaths have declined in recent years, the epidemic still killed 680,000 people in 2020. 2021 marks 40 years since AIDS was discovered in 1981. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic and potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV attacks the immune system, weakening it to the point where … Read more

Omicron unravels travel industry’s plans for a comeback

Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the Omicron variant. From shopping districts in Japan and tour guides in the Holy Land to ski resorts in … Read more

WHO advises against international travel for those over the age of 60 due to Omicron

TORONTO — In light of the new variant Omicron emerging, the World Heath Organization (WHO) has put out new advice regarding international travel, including that those over the age of 60 years old should refrain from travelling. The organization put out an advisory on Tuesday listing ways that countries and individuals can attempt to stay … Read more

Omicron variant reignites calls for Canada to support waiving of COVID-19 vaccine IP

OTTAWA — In light of the emergence of the new Omicron variant of concern, calls are mounting once again for Canada to support a global initiative to temporarily waive intellectual property restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines. Opposition politicians and medical groups are urging the Liberals to finally put their support behind a 2020 joint proposal led … Read more

CBSA has intercepted hundreds of fake COVID-19 tests, vaccine documents

OTTAWA — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) says it has intercepted hundreds of suspected falsified or fraudulent COVID-19 test results and proof of vaccination credentials since they were required for travel. Between Jan. 7 and Oct. 31, the CBSA logged 374 suspected fake test results – 160 at airports, and 187 at land borders … Read more

Hong Kong bans non-resident arrivals from 13 more countries, including Canada, due to Omicron

HONG KONG — Hong Kong has banned non-residents from entering the city from four African countries and plans to expand that to travellers who have been to Australia, Canada, Israel and six European countries in the past 21 days due to fears over Omicron. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday the Omicron coronavirus … Read more

Cancer diagnoses in Canadian children not delayed in first 9 months of pandemic: study

BURLINGTON, ONT. — A new study has found no significant change in the number of new cancer diagnoses in Canadian children during the first nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting health-care restrictions imposed at that time did not lead to delayed diagnoses. The study, published on Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, compared … Read more

WHO says it’s not yet clear if Omicron causes more severe disease

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday that it is not yet clear if the new Omicron coronavirus variant is more transmissible compared to other SARS-CoV-2 variants or if it causes more severe disease. “Preliminary data suggests that there are increasing rates of hospitalization in South Africa, but this may be due … Read more