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U.S. schools unlikely to push for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines anytime soon

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for use in children as young as 12 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week – but do not expect schools to require shots for students anytime soon given public hesitation and political hurdles. State governments for the most part …

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Will you need a yearly COVID-19 booster shot? Some scientists aren’t so sure

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

COVID-19 vaccine developers are making ever bolder assertions that the world will need yearly booster shots, or new vaccines to tackle concerning coronavirus variants, but some scientists question when, or whether, such shots will be needed. In interviews with Reuters, more than a dozen influential infectious disease and vaccine …

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Delaying 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose can help reduce deaths: study

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

Giving a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine but delaying a second dose among people younger than 65 could lead to fewer people dying of the disease, but only if certain conditions are met, a predictive modeling study showed. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, there is debate over whether to …

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New Zealand to explore more ‘travel bubbles’ with other countries later this year

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday her government will explore more travel “bubbles” and lead trade delegations later this year to re-connect with a post-pandemic world after more than a year of border closures. Tough lockdowns and its geographical location has helped New Zealand eliminate the …

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From free beer to $1 million: What U.S. states are offering for COVID-19 vaccinations

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

Political leaders in the United States are resorting to desperate measures to convince more Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. U.S. President Joe Biden is aiming to have enough of the population vaccinated for the country to begin returning to normal by July 4. Yet the nation overall is …

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Mixing COVID-19 vaccines appears safe — but no data on whether it works, U.K. study says

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

New preliminary data suggests that mixing Pfizer-BioNtech and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines is safe, but it’s still too soon to tell whether combining doses will provide protection against the virus. The early results from a University of Oxford study found that mixing the two vaccines may increase the frequency of …

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‘The lost month of February’: COVID-19 was preventable, report shows

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

The COVID-19 pandemic could have been prevented but due to a lack of world leadership, an outbreak turned into a global health catastrophe that has killed more than 3.3 million people, according to a high-level independent report released Wednesday. The report, commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO), called …

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COVID-19: Tennis Canada could move top tournaments to US if Toronto, Montreal plan not approved

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

Tennis Canada hopes to hold its top professional tournaments in Toronto and Montreal this summer, but isn’t ruling out moving the events to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tennis Canada says the National Bank Open women’s tournament in Montreal and men’s event in Toronto remain on the schedule for Aug. 7-15. …

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Indian COVID-19 deaths surpass a quarter million as scientists race to trace variant

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

India said on Wednesday a record number of people were killed by the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, pushing its overall death toll over a quarter million, while a leading virologist said it was too early to say if infections had reached a peak. Deaths from COVID-19 swelled …

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As Montreal Canadiens clinch playoff berth, COVID-19 is ruining the fun for some

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

After picking up one point in their overtime loss against the Edmonton Oilers Monday night, the Montreal Canadiens are officially in the playoffs. Like last season, however, COVID-19 will put a damper on the the usual playoff energy that takes over the city. While the season is not over …

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