Coronavirus

FILE - In this March 2, 2021, file photo, pharmacy technician Hollie Maloney loads a syringe with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

U.S. regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Until now, the vaccines were dispensed under an emergency use authorization from the FDA

FILE - In this March 2, 2021, file photo, pharmacy technician Hollie Maloney loads a syringe with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri attends a press conference in Toronto on Wednesday August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Raptors to open season Oct. 20 vs. Wizards – hopefully at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena

Masai Ujiri said that playing last season out of Tampa set the team back two years

Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri attends a press conference in Toronto on Wednesday August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Bank buildings are photographed in Toronto’s financial district on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Canadian banks are emerging from the pandemic flush with cash, but analysts say they’ll be looking at financial results out this week for hints of how the sector is transitioning towards more business as usual. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Big Canadian banks set to release earnings as economy shifts to reopening

Loan growth will be a key area to watch as the economy reopen

Bank buildings are photographed in Toronto’s financial district on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Canadian banks are emerging from the pandemic flush with cash, but analysts say they’ll be looking at financial results out this week for hints of how the sector is transitioning towards more business as usual. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. Public Safety Canada says it has approved a request for help from the Northwest Territories as the territory deals with a surge in COVID-19 cases. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP

Military called in to help N.W.T. as territory sees surge of COVID-19 cases

The Fort Good Hope area has been particularly hard hit, with 86 active cases in a community of about 500

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. Public Safety Canada says it has approved a request for help from the Northwest Territories as the territory deals with a surge in COVID-19 cases. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP
Anti-lockdown and anti-mask protesters take part in a rally outside the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on Monday, April 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Painful Truth: Deniers are martyrs to foolishness

Denialism is now a way of life for millions of people

Anti-lockdown and anti-mask protesters take part in a rally outside the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on Monday, April 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks at a press conference Monday, April 18. (B.C. Government image)

UPDATE: Central Okanagan health orders now expanded to entire Interior Health region

Dr. Bonnie Henry says displacement of people due to wildfires requires regional approach

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks at a press conference Monday, April 18. (B.C. Government image)
People visit the Canadian Museum of Nature during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

A look at COVID-19 reopening plans across the country

The 17-month long ban on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border was eased Aug. 9

People visit the Canadian Museum of Nature during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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)
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020, file photo, medical personnel don PPE while attending to a patient (not infected with COVID-19) at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Workers in New York City-run hospitals and health clinics will have to get vaccinated or get tested weekly under a policy announced Wednesday, July 21, 2021, to battle a rise in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious delta variant. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

B.C. COVID-19 case counts keep climbing: 689 new infections and 2 new deaths

82.9 per cent of British Columbians have at least one dose, 74 per cent are fully vaccinated

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020, file photo, medical personnel don PPE while attending to a patient (not infected with COVID-19) at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Workers in New York City-run hospitals and health clinics will have to get vaccinated or get tested weekly under a policy announced Wednesday, July 21, 2021, to battle a rise in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious delta variant. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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
Agassiz-Harrison is one of a handful of local health areas with no reports of COVID-19 infections from Aug. 8 to Aug. 14. (Screenshot/BCCDC)

Agassiz-Harrison one of few areas with no new COVID cases in latest BCCDC report

Agassiz-Harrison has recorded 171 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of 2021

Agassiz-Harrison is one of a handful of local health areas with no reports of COVID-19 infections from Aug. 8 to Aug. 14. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
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
A B.C. Ferries vessel passes Bowen Island while traveling on Howe Sound from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, B.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. A BC Ferries passenger was recovered from the waters near Bowen Island after going overboard Sunday, after another passenger witnessed them fall off the ferry mid-afternoon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Government buoys BC Ferries with $308M amid all-time lowest passenger count

Without government funds, BC Ferries would have recorded $165M in losses for fiscal 2021

A B.C. Ferries vessel passes Bowen Island while traveling on Howe Sound from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, B.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. A BC Ferries passenger was recovered from the waters near Bowen Island after going overboard Sunday, after another passenger witnessed them fall off the ferry mid-afternoon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A COVID outbreak has been declared at Chilliwack’s Heritage Village residential care home. (Google Earth photo)

Fraser Health declares COVID outbreak at Chilliwack’s Heritage Village care home

Four people have tested positive for the virus, including one resident

A COVID outbreak has been declared at Chilliwack’s Heritage Village residential care home. (Google Earth photo)
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 – Voters head to cast their ballot in Canada’s federal election at the Fairbanks Interpretation Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., on October 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
FILE – Voters head to cast their ballot in Canada’s federal election at the Fairbanks Interpretation Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., on October 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
A 60-year-old COVID-19 patient fights for his life, desperately gasping for air as health-care staff provide life saving medical care in an emergency situation in the intensive care unit at the Humber River Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Surveys from the Ontario Medical Association suggest nearly three-quarters of physicians experienced at least some level of burnout when asked in 2021, up from 66 per cent the previous year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Experts warn B.C. on track to exceed record highs of new COVID-19 infections come fall

The B.C. COVID-19 Modelling Group is calling for increased safety measures to curb the spread

A 60-year-old COVID-19 patient fights for his life, desperately gasping for air as health-care staff provide life saving medical care in an emergency situation in the intensive care unit at the Humber River Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Surveys from the Ontario Medical Association suggest nearly three-quarters of physicians experienced at least some level of burnout when asked in 2021, up from 66 per cent the previous year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
FILE – Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company’s lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. reports 553 new COVID cases, 1 death as new outbreak declared at Site C

There are 32 active cases at Site C, with more than 100 people in isolation

FILE – Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company’s lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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