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Canada's first case of new COVID variant detected in B.C.

Canada's first case of new COVID variant detected in B.C.

The new variant was first detected in Denmark last month.
Pharmacies running out of COVID tests, but province says they will be available for fall

Pharmacies running out of COVID tests, but province says they will be available for fall

The Health Ministry says B.C. pharmacy distributors have been supplied with newer product to replace any expired product and any pharmacies with no or low supply can contact their distributor for more.
COVID-19 activity showing early signs that it may be increasing, new PHAC data says

COVID-19 activity showing early signs that it may be increasing, new PHAC data says

COVID-19 infections may be slowly starting to rise again in Canada, new data from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) suggests.
Highest court refuses to hear appeal from B.C. churches opposed to COVID-19 ruling

Highest court refuses to hear appeal from B.C. churches opposed to COVID-19 ruling

The case stems from orders issued by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry during the second wave of the pandemic more than two years ago.
Province gears up for fall COVID-19 booster campaign

Province gears up for fall COVID-19 booster campaign

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the updated vaccine, if approved, should start rolling out in late September or early October.
External review found military's COVID-19 vaccine policy violated Charter of Rights

External review found military's COVID-19 vaccine policy violated Charter of Rights

Those who could not get vaccinated were to be accommodated under human-rights legislation, but those who chose not to were warned they could lose promotion, training and deployment opportunities or be released altogether.
Brain fog and other long COVID symptoms affect millions. New treatment studies bring hope

Brain fog and other long COVID symptoms affect millions. New treatment studies bring hope

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Institutes of Health is beginning a handful of studies to test possible treatments for long COVID, an anxiously awaited step in U.S. efforts against the mysterious condition that afflicts millions.
Federal government struggling to get rid of millions of extra COVID-19 rapid tests

Federal government struggling to get rid of millions of extra COVID-19 rapid tests

The federal government is sitting on a stockpile of 39 million extra rapid tests for COVID-19 and is struggling to get rid of them without chucking them in the trash, an internal Health Canada memo shows.
Campbell River woman who deliberately coughed on grocery employee gets 18 months' probation

Campbell River woman who deliberately coughed on grocery employee gets 18 months' probation

Kimberly Woolman, 60, is not allowed to go to Save-On-Foods during her probation period after being found guilty of causing a disturbance and two counts of assault
Journal series calls for inquiry into Canada's COVID-19 response, highlighting shortfalls

Journal series calls for inquiry into Canada's COVID-19 response, highlighting shortfalls

A new series published in the BMJ medical journal is calling for an independent inquiry into Canada's COVID-19 response.