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New COVID origins data point to raccoon dogs in China market

New COVID origins data point to raccoon dogs in China market

The canines, named for their raccoon-like faces, are often bred for their fur and sold for meat in animal markets across China.
Spring COVID-booster campaign set to begin in April

Spring COVID-booster campaign set to begin in April

Those advised to get a spring booster include individuals older than 80, seniors in long-term care homes, Indigenous people older than 70 and people 18 and older who are immuno-compromised.
B.C. drops COVID vaccine requirement for government workers

B.C. drops COVID vaccine requirement for government workers

But those working in health-care settings will still have to provide proof of vaccination.
B.C.'s health-care COVID vaccine mandate could be made permanent

B.C.'s health-care COVID vaccine mandate could be made permanent

The BC Liberal Party has been calling on the government to lift the mandate.
Three years after outbreak, Dr. Henry weeps while reflecting on the pandemic

Three years after outbreak, Dr. Henry weeps while reflecting on the pandemic

"There's so many stories that we have lived through together in the last three years. And I think all of us have been changed by it and affected by it," she said.
COVID-19 'steady' in Canada and hospitalizations have stabilized, Tam says

COVID-19 'steady' in Canada and hospitalizations have stabilized, Tam says

Saturday marks three years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and Canada'a chief public health officer says the virus has reached a relatively steady state in this country. Dr.
Pandemic 3 years later: Has the COVID-19 virus won?

Pandemic 3 years later: Has the COVID-19 virus won?

On the third anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus is still spreading and the death toll is nearing 7 million worldwide. Yet most people have resumed their normal lives, thanks to a wall of immunity built from infections and vaccines.
At-risk Canadians should get additional COVID-19 bivalent booster this spring: NACI

At-risk Canadians should get additional COVID-19 bivalent booster this spring: NACI

Canadians at risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 are being advised to get an additional booster dose this spring.
Ottawa ends shipments of rapid COVID-19 tests as millions set to expire

Ottawa ends shipments of rapid COVID-19 tests as millions set to expire

The federal government has stopped shipping rapid COVID-19 antigen tests to provinces as millions are set to expire within the year, and experts say the once-essential tool has lost its importance in the pandemic.
B.C.'s auditor general says data gaps during COVID-19 vaccine rollout posed risks

B.C.'s auditor general says data gaps during COVID-19 vaccine rollout posed risks

British Columbia's auditor general says the Ministry of Health struggled at times to collect reliable information for groups at high risk of COVID-19 infection as it shaped its vaccination campaign.