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WHO: Europe had most COVID-19 cases, deaths over last week

GENEVA (AP) — Europe stood out as the only major region worldwide to report an increase in both coronavirus cases and deaths over the last week, with double-digit percentage increases in each, the U.N. health agency said Wednesday.

Alaska Railroad board rescinds employee vaccine mandate

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The board of the Alaska Railroad has voted unanimously to rescind a requirement for all of its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Initially, railroad employees were supposed to be vaccinated by Dec.
Report: At least 59,000 meat workers caught COVID, 269 died

Report: At least 59,000 meat workers caught COVID, 269 died

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — At least 59,000 meatpacking workers became ill with COVID-19 and 269 workers died when the virus tore through the industry last year, which is significantly more than previously thought, according to a new U.S.

Spain to give different booster to strengthen J&J vaccine

MADRID (AP) — People who received a shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be offered a second dose from a different drug maker, Spain’s health authorities said on Wednesday.

Ontario lays first COVID-19 charges against long-term care home in London

Ontario's Ministry of Labour says it has laid the province's first COVID-19-related charges against a long-term care home in London, Ont.
Exacerbated by pandemic, child care crisis hampers economy

Exacerbated by pandemic, child care crisis hampers economy

SEATTLE (AP) — After Bryan Kang’s son was born in July, the occupational therapist and his wife, a teacher, started looking for child care in the Los Angeles area.
COVID-19: Quebec won't mandate vaccination for workers in schools

COVID-19: Quebec won't mandate vaccination for workers in schools

MONTREAL — Quebec's Health Department says mandatory vaccination won't be imposed on school workers due to an improvement in the pandemic situation across the province and high rates of vaccination among staff.
O'Toole faces caucus as he plots out next steps on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

O'Toole faces caucus as he plots out next steps on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole faces his caucus today to discuss what to do about its position around mandatory vaccinations, and what that means for unvaccinated members.

Vaccine clinics in schools a key part of campaign to immunize children: science table

TORONTO — A group of experts advising the Ontario government says hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics in schools is a key strategy in a plan to immunize children.

Toronto District School Board extends deadline for staff COVID-19 vaccination policy

Toronto District School Board staff who aren't yet vaccinated against COVID-19 have been given an extension to get their shots, as long as they disclose their immunization status.