Coronavirus

A line of vehicles wait to enter Canada at the Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but America kept similar restrictions in place, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from coronavirus travel bans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

United States extends border restrictions for Canada, Mexico to Sept. 21

The restrictions, which have been in place since March 2020, were set to expire Saturday

A line of vehicles wait to enter Canada at the Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but America kept similar restrictions in place, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from coronavirus travel bans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Benoit Charette, minister for the fight against racism, speaks to the media at a news conference Friday, April 23, 2021, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

COVID-19: Quebec minister slams anti-vaccine passport protesters wearing yellow star

Protest was also condemned by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

Benoit Charette, minister for the fight against racism, speaks to the media at a news conference Friday, April 23, 2021, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Brenda Crowell, left, and Dr. Jason Wong, display a CAT12 device, which Wong used to save Crowell’s life after she developed a deadly blood clot caused by COVID-19, in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta woman beats death after groundbreaking procedure removes COVID-19 blood clot

New device used for what’s believed to have been the first time in Canada

Brenda Crowell, left, and Dr. Jason Wong, display a CAT12 device, which Wong used to save Crowell’s life after she developed a deadly blood clot caused by COVID-19, in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
People social distance as Haviah Mighty opens up for the Arkells concert at the Budwieser Stage in Toronto on August 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Live Nation Canada to require vaccination proof or negative test at concerts

Live concerts are already being held across the country under varying COVID-19 measures

People social distance as Haviah Mighty opens up for the Arkells concert at the Budwieser Stage in Toronto on August 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
FILE - In this July 22, 2021, file photo, health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. U.S. health officials Wednesday, Aug. 18, recommended all Americans get COVID-19 booster shots to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and evidence that the vaccines’ effectiveness is falling. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

U.S. health officials call for booster shots against COVID-19

‘Our plan is to protect the American people, to stay ahead of this virus’

FILE - In this July 22, 2021, file photo, health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. U.S. health officials Wednesday, Aug. 18, recommended all Americans get COVID-19 booster shots to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and evidence that the vaccines’ effectiveness is falling. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin leaves the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Military officer who led vaccine campaign faces sexual assault charge

Dany Fortin told reporters that he does not know the details of the allegation against him

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin leaves the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People register for their appointments at Manitoba’s COVID-19 vaccination centre in a soccer complex in north Winnipeg on May 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Seven Manitobans receive $100,000 in COVID-19 vaccine lottery

Province brought in the incentive in June as a way to encourage people to get vaccinated

People register for their appointments at Manitoba’s COVID-19 vaccination centre in a soccer complex in north Winnipeg on May 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
A pedestrian walks past the University of Alberta Butter Dome in Edmonton Alta, on December 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta’s post-secondary schools saying no to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

Leading institutions will strongly encourage vaccination, but won’t go so far as to mandate it.

A pedestrian walks past the University of Alberta Butter Dome in Edmonton Alta, on December 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
People wait to be tested for COVID-19 at a clinic in Montreal on August 1, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Quebec premier says COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for health-care workers

Mandate will apply to any health-care worker in contact with patients for more than 15 minutes

People wait to be tested for COVID-19 at a clinic in Montreal on August 1, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The Central zone now has 428 active cases of COVID-19. (Black Press file photo)

Red Deer’s new COVID-19 cases rise to 106 on Tuesday

Alberta reports 5,627 active cases of the virus

The Central zone now has 428 active cases of COVID-19. (Black Press file photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets people waiting for their shots while visiting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

UPDATE: Trudeau follows Singh, promising ‘consequences’ for unvaccinated federal workers

New Democrats called for possible firing of federal workers who opt not to take a COVID-19 vaccine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets people waiting for their shots while visiting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
FILE - A pharmacy technician loads a syringe with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at a mass vaccination site at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. U.S. experts are expected to recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, regardless of age, eight months after they received their second dose of the shot, to ensure lasting protection against the coronavirus as the delta variant spreads across the country. An announcement was expected as soon as this week, with doses beginning to be administered widely once the Food and Drug Administration formally approves the vaccines. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

More protection: U.S. likely to authorize COVID booster shots

Move due to highly contagious variant and preliminary evidence of when protection starts dropping

FILE - A pharmacy technician loads a syringe with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at a mass vaccination site at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. U.S. experts are expected to recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, regardless of age, eight months after they received their second dose of the shot, to ensure lasting protection against the coronavirus as the delta variant spreads across the country. An announcement was expected as soon as this week, with doses beginning to be administered widely once the Food and Drug Administration formally approves the vaccines. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. “Long COVID,” a rare phenomenon in which symptoms including fatigue, brain fog and headaches seem to manifest in the weeks or months following a COVID-19 infection, has been more prominently described in adults, though some children appear to be experiencing it, too. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP

Prolonged COVID complications rare in kids, but experts say more studies needed

As schools open up, infections in kids too young to be vaccinated are likely to creep up

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. “Long COVID,” a rare phenomenon in which symptoms including fatigue, brain fog and headaches seem to manifest in the weeks or months following a COVID-19 infection, has been more prominently described in adults, though some children appear to be experiencing it, too. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP
A health worker injects a person with a dose of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 at Saint Damien Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. After months of not having any vaccines in the country, the U.S. donated 500,000 doses through the U.N. COVAX system for Haiti in mid-July. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

Rich nations dip into COVAX supply while poor wait for shots

Billions of people in poor countries have yet to receive a single dose

A health worker injects a person with a dose of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 at Saint Damien Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. After months of not having any vaccines in the country, the U.S. donated 500,000 doses through the U.N. COVAX system for Haiti in mid-July. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
Travellers wait in line to check-in for a Philippine Airlines flight to Manila at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Mandatory COVID vaccines for passengers on planes, trains and cruise ships in Canada

Will come into effect in October, Prime Minister Trudeau says

Travellers wait in line to check-in for a Philippine Airlines flight to Manila at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A sign is seen outside the Shopify headquarters in Ottawa, Tuesday September 1, 2020. Shopify Inc.’s chief executive says any staff meeting up will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Shopify to require staff to show proof of full vaccination before meeting up

Tobi Lutke tweeted the announcement this week and says he made the decision ‘because science’

A sign is seen outside the Shopify headquarters in Ottawa, Tuesday September 1, 2020. Shopify Inc.’s chief executive says any staff meeting up will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson listens to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, February 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Edmonton hints at extending mask mandate on public transit if province drops measure

Another 550 cases of the virus were reported Thursday, bringing Alberta’s active case count to 4,101

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson listens to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, February 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the Covid-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday March 20, 2020. Hinshaw and Education Minister Adriana Lagrange are to provide an update on COVID-19 and back-to-school guidance later this morning. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta keeping COVID-19 measures for another 6 weeks as cases spike

Many have expressed concerns about children returning to classrooms in September

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the Covid-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday March 20, 2020. Hinshaw and Education Minister Adriana Lagrange are to provide an update on COVID-19 and back-to-school guidance later this morning. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
FILE - Security personnel ask customers for proof of vaccination as they enter City Winery, Thursday, June 24, 2021, in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that later this month the city will begin requiring anyone dining indoors at a restaurant, working out a gym or grabbing cocktails at a bar to show proof they’ve been inoculated. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Are we going to need vaccine passports to do fun things?

Officials scrambling to determine how proof of vaccination will work and how it might affect lives

FILE - Security personnel ask customers for proof of vaccination as they enter City Winery, Thursday, June 24, 2021, in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that later this month the city will begin requiring anyone dining indoors at a restaurant, working out a gym or grabbing cocktails at a bar to show proof they’ve been inoculated. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
FILE - In this April 19, 2021, file photo, a giant sign painted near the main runway of the Wellington International Airport greets travelers returning home in Wellington, New Zealand. An expert group advising the government believes it is realistic for the country to maintain its zero-tolerance approach, which has included strict lockdowns for even small outbreaks, once it begins to reopen its borders. (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)

COVID-busting New Zealand plans to start reopening borders early next year

South Pacific nation of 5 million people has reported just 26 deaths since the pandemic began

FILE - In this April 19, 2021, file photo, a giant sign painted near the main runway of the Wellington International Airport greets travelers returning home in Wellington, New Zealand. An expert group advising the government believes it is realistic for the country to maintain its zero-tolerance approach, which has included strict lockdowns for even small outbreaks, once it begins to reopen its borders. (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)