When to receive next COVID-19 vaccine after bivalent booster

Those who have received a bivalent COVID-19 booster may be wondering what next steps look like for vaccination and whether they can seek additional protection, especially if they are at a higher risk for severe outcomes. Vincent Venditto, Ph.D. and assistant professor at the University of Kentucky’s Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, told the Herald-Leader that while … Read more

No EI benefits for man fired over COVID-19 vaccine, test refusal: Federal Court – National

If you were fired from your job for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine and test, there is a good chance you won’t be eligible for any unemployment benefits in Canada, legal experts say. A federal court decision last week stated that a man in Ontario was not entitled to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits … Read more

Canadian province tries decriminalizing drugs to fight overdose crisis

VANCOUVER, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The western Canadian province of British Columbia on Tuesday began a three-year pilot program to stop prosecuting people for carrying small amounts of heroin, meth, ecstasy, or crack cocaine, as part of an effort to fight a drug overdose crisis. BC accounts for about a third of the 32,000 deaths … Read more

Outbreak of avian flu has killed more than 100 million birds and poses a serious threat of becoming a human pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 21 million people, has elevated an existential question into concrete immediacy. Following COVID-19, when will the next pandemic of a highly lethal nature strike again? A chicken farm [Photo by Fot. Konrad Łoziński / CC BY 2.0] The first ever extensive global monkeypox outbreak affected multiple countries … Read more

Memphis disbands police unit after fatal beating as protesters take to streets

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan 28 (Reuters) – The specialized police unit that included the five Memphis officers charged with the fatal beating of Tire Nichols was disbanded on Saturday as more protests took place in US cities a day after harrowing video of the attack was released. The police department said in a statement it was … Read more

India expects more clashes with Chinese troops in the Himalayas

NEW DELHI, Jan 28 (Reuters) – A security assessment by Indian police in the Himalayan region of Ladakh says there could be more clashes between Indian and Chinese troops along their contested frontier there as Beijing ramps up military infrastructure in the region. At least 24 soldiers were killed when the armies of the Asian … Read more

UK regional airline Flybe ceases trading, cancels all flights

Collapses for the second time in three years 276 workers made redundant by administrators About 75,000 customers had future bookings Hurt by delayed delivery of aircraft Rivals seeing rebounding demand LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – British regional airline Flybe on Saturday ceased trading for the second time in three years, with all flights canceled and … Read more

COVID misinformation led to at least 2,800 deaths in Canada, $300M in costs: report – National

At least 2,800 Canadian lives lost to COVID-19 could have been spared, tens of thousands of hospitalizations could have been prevented and $300 million in hospital costs might have been saved if not for the insidious spread of misinformation, according to a new report. The report, released Thursday by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) … Read more

US CDC still looking at potential stroke risk from Pfizer bivalent COVID shot

Jan 26 (Reuters) – New data from one US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) database shows a possible stroke risk link for older adults who received an updated Pfizer (PFE.N)/BioNTech (22UAy.DE) COVID-19 booster shot, but the signal is weaker than what the agency had flagged earlier in January, health officials said on Thursday. … Read more