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COVID-19: Trudeau provides update as Omicron-fuelled 5th wave ripples across provinces | LIVE

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, alongside Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, will be providing an update as the Omicron-fuelled fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be peaking in some provinces, while others say the worst is likely still to come. Even as they both set new records for hospitalizations, officials in Ontario and Quebec say the daily rate…

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COVID-19: Alberta to offer 4th vaccine dose to immunocompromised | FULL

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Tuesday that the province would begin offering a fourth COVID-19 dose to those who are immunocompromised. She said starting Jan. 20, booking opportunities will open for people who received their third dose at least five months ago in September 2021. The announcement came as the province reported 3,279 new…

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COVID-19: WHO "particularly concerned" about countries with low vaccination rates | FULL

Director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during an update on Tuesday that he was “particularly concerned” about countries with low COVID-19 vaccination rates, “as people are many times more at risk of severe illness and death.” “I’m proud COVAX delivered its one billionth dose over the weekend. Of course, it’s not enough and we…

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COVID-19: Canada in for "intense" weeks of Omicron infections, data shows | FULL

Canada is set for several “intense” weeks of COVID-19 activity as the Omicron variant continues to drive record infections and hospitalizations, new modelling data suggested on Friday. The projections indicate the Omicron wave could peak at 170,000 cases a day this month, though officials say the numbers are estimates of the “true number of daily cases” that may be…

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WHO gives update on worldwide COVID-19 fight as Omicron surges | LIVE

World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, alongside other WHO officials, will deliver an update Wednesday regarding the global fight against COVID-19 as the Omicron variant continues to spike. The number of new COVID-19 infections in the last week jumped by about 55 per cent, although the number of deaths remained stable, the WHO said in its latest…

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US breaks records for daily COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

The U.S. reported 1.35 million new COVID-19 on Monday, the highest daily total for any country in the world as the spread of the highly-contagious Omicron variant showed no signs of slowing. More than 147,000 Americans are in hospital, including 4,400 children. And adding to the burn-out for hospital staff is a death toll that still hovers around 1,600…

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US breaks records for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

U.S. health-care officials cautioned that without a miracle this was a moment impossible to avoid. More than 147,000 Americans are in hospital, including 4,400 children. It’s a pandemic high running head-first into record breaking case numbers. And adding to the burn-out for hospital staff is a death-toll that still hovers around 1,600 a day. The rampant spread of Omicron…

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COVID-19: Premiers press Trudeau on vaccine mandates, antiviral pill approval

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has held a call with Canada’s premiers, and the Omicron surge was at the top of the agenda. The teleconference was held on Tuesday with many of the country’s provincial and territorial premiers it was their first meeting since mid-December, and since the omicron variant pushed case counts and hospitalizations to record highs. From warnings…

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COVID-19: Fauci, Walensky testify before Senate on variants, US response to pandemic | FULL

On Tuesday, several prominent authorities on COVID-19, including NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci, testified before the U.S. Senate on new COVID-19 variants amid a sharp rise in Omicron cases across the country. The hearing, called “Addressing New Variants: A Federal Perspective on the COVID-19 Response,” also featured Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…

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COVID-19: Fauci, Walensky testify before Senate on variants, US response to pandemic | LIVE

On Tuesday, several prominent authorities on COVID-19, including NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci, will testify before the U.S. Senate on new COVID-19 variants amid a sharp rise in Omicron cases across the country. The hearing, called “Addressing New Variants: A Federal Perspective on the COVID-19 Response,” will also feature Centers for Disease…

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