COVID-19 vaccines saved nearly 20 million lives in a year, study says

Nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international targets for the shots had been reached, researchers reported Thursday. On December 8, 2020, a retired shop clerk in England received the first shot in what would become a global vaccination campaign. … Read more

Open letter from health workers

All workers, especially those in low-wage and precarious employment, need 10 permanent paid sick days or their health will suffer, diseases such as COVID-19 will be more likely to spread — and more people will end up in the hospital. That’s the message more than 160 physicians, nurses and other health-care workers are sending to … Read more

Passport workers warned Ottawa that a crush was coming

As the government implements measures at some Service Canada locations to ease the massive backlogs for passport applications, unions representing federal workers say Ottawa has ignored their suggestions for reducing the delays. Social Development Minister Karina Gould said in a statement Thursday she remains “deeply concerned” with the delivery of passport services, and said specialized … Read more

COVID-19 Vaccines, Boosters Strongly Recommended for Older San Diegans | News

COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters help to prevent severe illness and hospitalization, especially in older adults over the age of 50. However, thousands of older San Diegans have yet to receive all the recommended doses and boosters. The County Health and Human Services Agency conducted an analysis of local COVID-19 vaccination data and found that as … Read more

Scientists probe Japan’s remarkable COVID success in hunt for new vaccine to protect some of the most vulnerable

Tokyo — Japan’s remarkable coronavirus Pandemic resilience has generated scores of possible explanations, from the country’s preference for going shoeless indoors, to the purportedly low-aerosol-generating nature of Japan’s quiet conversation, to its citizens’ beneficial gut bacteria. Even irreligiousness — said to have spared the Japanese from exposure to crowded houses of worship — has been … Read more

Mirvish theaters lifting mask mandates on Canada Day

Theatergoers take note: masks are coming off at Mirvish Productions locations. Mirvish will end masking requirements in theaters beginning July 1 for audience members. A spokesperson for the company John Karastamatis said theater staff will continue wearing masks and actors will also mask up backstage. “We think it is safe enough now to allow audience … Read more

Michigan Reports 10,681 New COVID-19 Cases, 69 Deaths Over The Last Week – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 10,681 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 69 deaths this week. This brings the total state of COVID-19 cases to 2,592,078 and 36,744 deaths as of June 21. READMORE: Organization Helps Families Dealing With Life-Altering Challenges Starting the week of June … Read more

Long Covid In Infected Kids Can Last At Least 2 Months: Lancet Report

Scientists said that the aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of long-lasting symptoms in children. London: Children infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus can experience symptoms of long COVID lasting at least two months, according to a study published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal on Thursday. The largest study to … Read more

Ottawa should stop clawbacks of pandemic benefits

The emergency financial assistance rushed out by the federal government in the early days of the pandemic provided urgent financial relief for Canadian hit by the economic upheaval. But for thousands of low-income Canadians, getting benefits like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit has brought unexpected and unfortunate consequences. It has meant other essential benefits have … Read more