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As COVID-spring turns to COVID-summer, Canada’s government is saying that everyone eligible should be able to get fully vaccinated by the end of July.

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. June 25, 2021 at 4:10 pm

Public health agency warns of fall COVID resurgence if Delta variant becomes dominant strain | CBC News

. June 25, 2021 at 4:46 pm

More than 25% of B.C. adults now vaccinated with 2nd doses as province records 75 new cases of COVID-19

. June 25, 2021 at 4:46 pm

Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in U.S. are now among people who aren’t vaccinated

. June 25, 2021 at 5:09 pm

Toronto police, bylaw officers moving to clear Trinity Bellwoods Park homeless encampment – Toronto |

. June 29, 2021 at 5:13 pm

Gallup poll: 57% of Republicans say the pandemic is over. Only 4% of Democrats agree | National Post

. June 29, 2021 at 6:07 pm

Australia’s Sydney and Darwin begin COVID-19 lockdowns | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

. June 30, 2021 at 5:05 pm

Australia Covid: Seventh city locks down amid vaccine chaos – BBC News

. July 10, 2021 at 12:36 pm

Ontario sees 170 new COVID-19 cases as second-dose vaccine appointments open to ages 12 to 17 | CBC News

. July 13, 2021 at 2:27 pm

Covid-19 cases are surging in 45 states. In one hot spot, hospitalized patients are younger than ever, doctor says – CNN

. July 13, 2021 at 2:50 pm

Over 50% of eligible Canadians now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as cases fall – National |

. July 14, 2021 at 5:45 pm

Quebec ERs ‘on the verge of a breakdown’ and need help, emergency doctor says | CBC News

. July 14, 2021 at 5:45 pm

COVID-19 patients ending up in Saskatchewan ICUs are overwhelmingly unvaccinated

. July 18, 2021 at 6:35 pm

Canada needs to jump-start a stalled first-dose campaign to avoid a fourth wave, experts say | CBC News

. July 20, 2021 at 1:11 pm
. July 23, 2021 at 5:19 pm

Students stressed and anxious as universities deny residence spots due to COVID-19 | CBC News

. July 23, 2021 at 5:20 pm

Australia PM says sorry for vaccine failures amid bleak outlook for Sydney lockdown | Australia news | The Guardian

. July 24, 2021 at 5:49 pm

Vietnam locks down capital Hanoi as COVID-19 infections soar | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

. July 28, 2021 at 3:50 pm
. August 11, 2021 at 2:12 pm

No doubt’ Canada now in 4th wave of COVID-19 as cases spike across much of the country | CBC News

. August 11, 2021 at 7:48 pm

Thousands of COVID-19 doses set to expire while millions of Canadians haven’t signed up for a shot | CBC News

. August 12, 2021 at 12:42 pm

This new surge brings a jarring sense of déjà vu. America has fallen prey to many of the same self-destructive but alluring instincts that I identified last year. It went all in on one countermeasure—vaccines—and traded them off against masks and other protective measures. It succumbed to magical thinking by acting as if a variant that had ravaged India would spare a country where half the population still hadn’t been vaccinated. It stumbled into the normality trap, craving a return to the carefree days of 2019; in May, after the CDC ended indoor masking for vaccinated people, President Joe Biden gave a speech that felt like a declaration of victory. Three months later, cases and hospitalizations are rising, indoor masking is back, and schools and universities are opening uneasily—again. “It’s the eighth month of 2021, and I can’t believe we’re still having these conversations,” Jessica Malaty Rivera, an epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, told me.

But something is different now—the virus. “The models in late spring were pretty consistent that we were going to have a ‘normal’ summer,” Samuel Scarpino of the Rockefeller Foundation, who studies infectious-disease dynamics, told me. “Obviously, that’s not where we are.” In part, he says, people underestimated how transmissible Delta is, or what that would mean. The original SARS-CoV-2 virus had a basic reproduction number, or R0, of 2 to 3, meaning that each infected person spreads it to two or three people. Those are average figures: In practice, the virus spread in uneven bursts, with relatively few people infecting large clusters in super-spreading events. But the CDC estimates that Delta’s R0 lies between 5 and 9, which “is shockingly high,” Eleanor Murray, an epidemiologist at Boston University, told me. At that level, “its reliance on super-spreading events basically goes away,” Scarpino said.

In simple terms, many people who caught the original virus didn’t pass it to anyone, but most people who catch Delta create clusters of infection. That partly explains why cases have risen so explosively. It also means that the virus will almost certainly be a permanent part of our lives, even as vaccines blunt its ability to cause death and severe disease.

. August 12, 2021 at 6:36 pm

‘No doubt’ Canada now in 4th wave of COVID-19 as cases spike across much of the country | CBC News

. August 19, 2021 at 4:27 am

Booster jabs for rich countries will cause more deaths worldwide, say experts | Vaccines and immunisation | The Guardian

. August 19, 2021 at 4:28 am

Aboriginal children make up 40% of western NSW Covid cases | New South Wales | The Guardian

. August 20, 2021 at 3:04 pm

New SARS-CoV-2 variants have changed the pandemic. What will the virus do next? | Science | AAAS

. August 21, 2021 at 12:31 pm

Whatever role the Olympics played, the pandemic has worsened dramatically since they ended on 8 August. Tokyo has reported a record daily caseload – 5,773 last Friday – as have Osaka and other prefectures. Nationwide, new daily cases averaged 20,307 a day this week, up from 14,729 last week, according to the health ministry.

More than 80% of critical care beds in the capital are occupied and serious cases are at record highs. In response, the government has extended and expanded a virus state of emergency until after the Paralympics, and said only coronavirus patients in serious condition should be admitted to hospital, with those exhibiting mild symptoms told to recuperate at home.

. August 21, 2021 at 12:44 pm
. August 24, 2021 at 2:14 pm

President Joe Biden just got some deeply unwelcome news: The pandemic that he was elected to end could drag on deep into a midterm election year, with all the political and economic destruction that could bring.

The warning by the government’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, that the crisis won’t be under control until spring of next year — and even then, it will need most American vaccine skeptics to change their minds — came as a severe jolt to a weary nation.
It also meant that Biden’s best-laid plans of triumphing over the pandemic and riding an economic wave into the campaign for congressional election results in November next year now look at risk.

. August 25, 2021 at 2:03 am

Ontario will experience COVID-19 waves for at least another six to eight months, top doctor warns | CTV News

. August 25, 2021 at 6:30 pm
. August 31, 2021 at 3:09 am

U.S. advises citizens to ‘reconsider travel’ to Canada amid rise in COVID-19 cases – National |

. August 31, 2021 at 5:07 am

A loose network of COVID vaccine and lockdown protesters is using digital tools to make the federal election campaign one of the most vitriolic in recent memory, congregating in encrypted chats to track Trudeau’s whereabouts and organize disruptions.

. August 31, 2021 at 12:00 pm
. September 2, 2021 at 2:13 am

COVID-19 vaccination level must top 85 per cent to avoid a fall lockdown, Doug Ford’s science team says | The Star

. September 3, 2021 at 1:35 am

Ontario’s vaccine booking portal sees appointments double after passport announcement

. September 3, 2021 at 3:42 pm

Chief public health officer says Canada could see 15,000 cases daily by October if vaccinations don’t increase

. September 3, 2021 at 5:12 pm

Anti-vaccine protesters try to storm London offices of medical regulator

Police stop attempt to invade MHRA headquarters as hundreds gather in Canary Wharf

. September 4, 2021 at 5:18 pm

Late course changes and uncertainty: Why some students are finding ‘a bit of a dumpster fire’ back on campus

. September 4, 2021 at 6:32 pm
. September 4, 2021 at 9:42 pm

Assessing climate sincerity in the Canadian 2021 election
Modelling by a climate expert gives the Liberals a high rating based on GHG targets, policies and costs of promises. Other parties score much lower.

by Mark Jaccard

. September 7, 2021 at 12:26 am

A COVID Surge Is Overwhelming U.S. Hospitals, Raising Fears Of Rationed Care

The U.S. health care system is again buckling under the weight of a COVID-19 surge that has filled more than 100,000 hospital beds nationwide and forced some states to consider enacting “crisis standards of care” — a last resort plan for rationing medical care during a catastrophic event.

. September 8, 2021 at 5:05 pm

Alberta’s vaccine lottery had little effect on boosting vaccination rates, doctors say | CBC News

. September 8, 2021 at 5:06 pm

US coronavirus: Children now make up more than a quarter of the weekly cases, pediatrician group says – CNN

. September 8, 2021 at 10:43 pm

Calgary schools get vaccine clinics as COVID-19 continues alarming rise

Milan September 9, 2021 at 3:04 am

‘We don’t want you in here’: small business refusing fully vaccinated customers

. September 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm

‘We’re all begging’: Doctors call on Alberta government for stronger COVID-19 health measures

. September 10, 2021 at 2:03 pm

Average cost for COVID-19 ICU patients estimated at more than $50,000: report | CBC News

. September 13, 2021 at 11:44 pm

Doctor holds counter-protest against anti-vaccine protest outside his Toronto hospital

‘Treat us with dignity and respect’ says Dr. Raghu Venugopal

Milan September 16, 2021 at 12:41 am

Facing fourth-wave crisis, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces vaccine passport system, wide-ranging public health restrictions

. September 16, 2021 at 1:04 pm

An Erin O’Toole-led pandemic plan would look like Alberta’s COVID crisis, Trudeau says

. September 18, 2021 at 10:29 pm

Vaccination uptake triples after Alberta announces its version of a vaccine passport | CBC News

. September 19, 2021 at 10:16 pm

An Angus Reid poll in August 2020 found 18 per cent of Canadians were “cynical spreaders,” who don’t wear masks, gather in large groups and generally reject the idea they should change their behaviour based on expert guidance and a sense of responsibility to others.

Eight per cent of Liberal and NDP voters were in that group. And almost a third of Conservative voters.

. September 22, 2021 at 2:00 am

US COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses That of 1918 Pandemic (

. September 22, 2021 at 4:20 pm

COVID-19 Compliance: One-in-five Canadians making little to no effort to stop coronavirus spread

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