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California won't require COVID vaccine to attend schools

California won't require COVID vaccine to attend schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California won't make children get the coronavirus vaccine to attend schools, state public health officials said Friday, reversing a state policy first announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2021.
Governments seek buyer as Quebec COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer Medicago set to close

Governments seek buyer as Quebec COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer Medicago set to close

MONTREAL — The Quebec government says it's looking to find a buyer for Medicago Inc., the Quebec-based COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer that will be shut down by parent company Mitsubishi Chemical.
COVID-19 tests will be mandatory for travellers from China for another two months

COVID-19 tests will be mandatory for travellers from China for another two months

OTTAWA — People arriving on flights to Canada from China, Hong Kong and Macao will have to do a COVID-19 test before they board for another two months, after Canada announced it would renew border restrictions on air travel from those areas Thursday.
Quebec says only people at risk who haven't had COVID-19 should get booster dose

Quebec says only people at risk who haven't had COVID-19 should get booster dose

MONTREAL — Only people who are considered at risk for severe COVID-19 — and who haven't already been infected — need to get a booster dose, Quebec's public health director said Thursday.
Alcohol-related health care visits spiked during pandemic in Ontario: study

Alcohol-related health care visits spiked during pandemic in Ontario: study

A new Ontario study suggests there was a spike in health-care visits related to alcohol during the pandemic, both among people with a history of problems with drinking as well as those confronting issues for the first time.
Republican-led committee targets COVID relief aid for review

Republican-led committee targets COVID relief aid for review

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Wednesday began their promised aggressive oversight of the Biden administration, focusing on what watchdogs described as “indications of widespread fraud” in federal coronavirus aid programs initiated under Pres
Feds caught off guard by Saskatchewan 'unforeseen' request for COVID-19 help

Feds caught off guard by Saskatchewan 'unforeseen' request for COVID-19 help

SASKATOON — Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces were caught off guard by a request for help from Saskatchewan during the height of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How will life change once the COVID-19 emergency ends?

How will life change once the COVID-19 emergency ends?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The declaration of a COVID-19 public health emergency three years ago changed the lives of millions of Americans by offering increased health care coverage, beefed-up food assistance and universal access to coronavirus vaccines and
President Biden to end COVID-19 emergencies on May 11

President Biden to end COVID-19 emergencies on May 11

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11, as most of the world has returned closer to normalcy nearly three years after they were first declared
WHO decided the COVID-19 global emergency isn't over. What happens next?

WHO decided the COVID-19 global emergency isn't over. What happens next?

OTTAWA — The World Health Organization decided Monday not to end to the COVID-19 global public health emergency it declared three years ago, even though the pandemic has reached what the international body calls an "inflection point.
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