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Censors delete discussion of Beijing's future COVID control

Censors delete discussion of Beijing's future COVID control

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Digital censors quickly deleted a hashtag “the next five years” Monday as online discussion swirled in response to reported remarks of Beijing's Communist Party secretary saying that the capital city will normalize pandemic prev
Canada’s COVID-19 pandemic response compares well with other countries, study finds

Canada’s COVID-19 pandemic response compares well with other countries, study finds

MONTREAL — Canada handled the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and weathered the ensuing upheaval better than several other nations with comparable health-care and economic infrastructure, a new study suggests.
Tens of thousands throng downtown Toronto as Pride parade makes in-person return

Tens of thousands throng downtown Toronto as Pride parade makes in-person return

TORONTO — Canada’s largest Pride celebration returned to Toronto after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus Sunday, with thousands of revelers thronging downtown streets despite the shadow of recent anti-LGBTQ violence.
From closures to near-normal routines, students look back on COVID-warped school year

From closures to near-normal routines, students look back on COVID-warped school year

The final bell is about to ring at the end of a topsy-turvy school year warped by the COVID-19 crisis
People with COVID-19 can infect and sicken cats and dogs by cuddling them, says study

People with COVID-19 can infect and sicken cats and dogs by cuddling them, says study

VANCOUVER — Cat and dog owners who cuddle their pets when infected with COVID-19 could end up making the animals sick with the virus, according to a Canadian study.
Pfizer says tweaked COVID-19 shots boost omicron protection

Pfizer says tweaked COVID-19 shots boost omicron protection

Pfizer announced Saturday that tweaking its COVID-19 vaccine to better target the omicron variant is safe and works

Army Guard troops risk dismissal as vaccine deadline looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country — or about 13% of the force — have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine , and as the deadline for shots looms, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and coul
Army Guard troops risk dismissal as vaccine deadline looms

Army Guard troops risk dismissal as vaccine deadline looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country — or about 13% of the force — have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine , and as the deadline for shots looms, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and coul

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tests positive for COVID-19

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, according to a press release from his office.
Quebec's St-Jean Baptiste Day celebrations return after pandemic hiatus

Quebec's St-Jean Baptiste Day celebrations return after pandemic hiatus

MONTREAL — Quebec residents streamed into local streets, packed outdoor concert venues and geared up for a weekend of in-person celebrations on Friday as they marked the provincial holiday of St-Jean Baptiste Day.