U.S. weighs next steps for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot amid reports of clotting

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5987489.1618428936!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/virus-outbreak-illinois.jpg U.S. health officials are weighing next steps as they investigate a handful of unusual blood clots in people who received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine — a one-dose shot that many countries were eagerly awaiting to help speed up Read more …

Ontario is adding hundreds of ICU beds. But does it have the resources to support them?

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5891612.1611853013!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/covid-ont-hospital-shift-20201214-photo-gallery.jpg As ICU admissions continue to soar in Ontario, critical care doctors and nurses are warning that the province’s plan to add hundreds of new critical care beds alone will not improve the situation they’re currently facing in this deadly third Read more …

Here’s how COVID-19 outbreaks inside Hamilton’s Juravinski Hospital started and grew

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5494089.1584038532!/fileImage/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/juravinski-cancer-centre-covid-19-hamilton.JPG A top health official at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) has broken down how COVID-19 spread inside Juravinski Hospital and caused five outbreaks in December. Dr. Dominik Mertz, HHS medical director of infection prevention and control, presented the analysis during a Thursday Read more …

Why the U.S. recommended suspending Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, and what it means for Canada

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5986116.1618355835!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/virus-outbreak-michigan-vaccine.jpg On Tuesday, the U.S. recommended putting on hold the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a joint statement they Read more …

Canada confirms 1st case of rare blood clot after AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5977953.1617831798!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/virus-outbreak-france.jpg The first confirmed case of a condition that causes rare but potentially fatal blood clots has been recorded in Canada in connection with the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine. Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services confirmed a person in the province Read more …

Canada’s COVID-19 case rate now tops U.S. rate. Here’s what the experts say

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5983529.1618177515!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/canada-u-s-covid-19-cases-per-million.jpg The staggering COVID-19 case numbers in the United States may have seemed like a world away compared to Canada’s relative caseload for most of the pandemic, but recent statistics show the growing severity of the situation on this side of Read more …

Australia abandons COVID-19 vaccination targets after new advice on AstraZeneca shots

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5974029.1617318649!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/covid-mb-20210319.jpg Australia has abandoned a goal to vaccinate nearly all of its 26 million population by the end of 2021 following advice that people under the age of 50 take Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine rather than AstraZeneca’s shot. Australia, which had Read more …

Manitoba reports 1st variant death as more infectious coronavirus strains become more prevalent

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5966525.1617650772!/cumulusImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/burnaby-1-year-anniversary-covid-testing-site.jpg Roughly one in every four COVID-19 cases in Winnipeg is now caused by a more contagious coronavirus variant, Manitoba’s chief public health officer said on Thursday, as the province reported its first known death linked to one of the Read more …