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Union says Quebec prof's suspension for anti-vax comments violates academic freedom

MONTREAL — The recent suspension of a Quebec professor of microbiology and immunology for comments critical of COVID-19 vaccines have raised concerns about the limits to academic freedom in the province.
COVID-19 at Wimbledon: 3 top-20 men out after positive tests

COVID-19 at Wimbledon: 3 top-20 men out after positive tests

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic famously decided not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — which prevented him from playing at the Australian Open in January following a legal saga that ended with his deportation f
Tweaked COVID boosters in US must target newer omicron types

Tweaked COVID boosters in US must target newer omicron types

U.S. regulators told COVID-19 vaccine makers Thursday that any booster shots tweaked for the fall will have to add protection against the newest omicron relatives.
Calgary Stampede receives $10M from federal government to aid recovery from pandemic

Calgary Stampede receives $10M from federal government to aid recovery from pandemic

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampede has received more than $10 million from the federal government to help it bounce back after last year's event was scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Omicron cousin BA.5 predicted to cause nearly 70% of COVID-19 cases by Canada Day

Omicron cousin BA.5 predicted to cause nearly 70% of COVID-19 cases by Canada Day

Researchers examining the threat of emerging COVID-19 strains predict Omicron BA.5 will account for nearly 70 per cent of cases by Canada Day.
Canadians urged to catch up on vaccinations, prepare for fall boosters

Canadians urged to catch up on vaccinations, prepare for fall boosters

Federal health officials are bracing Canadians for another round of COVID-19 vaccines expected to roll out in the fall, and are urging those behind on their boosters to catch up now.
High court rejects COVID-19 shot mandate case from New York

High court rejects COVID-19 shot mandate case from New York

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declined on Thursday to take up a case involving a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers in New York that does not offer an exemption for religious reasons.
Wimbledon updates | Bautista Agut withdraws with COVID-19

Wimbledon updates | Bautista Agut withdraws with COVID-19

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): ___ 1 p.m. Roberto Bautista Agut has withdrawn from Wimbledon after testing positive for COVID-19.
WHO: COVID-19 cases rising nearly everywhere in the world

WHO: COVID-19 cases rising nearly everywhere in the world

GENEVA (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases rose by 18% in the last week, with more than 4.1 million cases reported globally, according to the World Health Organization. The U.N.
KLM pays back last of Dutch government pandemic loans

KLM pays back last of Dutch government pandemic loans

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch flag carrier KLM announced Thursday it is repaying the last portion of loans it got from from the Netherlands government and banks to help it survive when the COVID-19 pandemic threw global aviation into a tailspin