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Waive patents for COVID-19 vaccines, treatment to end pandemic, committee told

Waive patents for COVID-19 vaccines, treatment to end pandemic, committee told

Experts say Canada needs to turn its COVID-19 aid attention to expanding vaccine production everywhere or the virus will continue to run wild, mutate and bring new waves of disease.
Moderna's promised vaccine production facility to be built in Montreal area

Moderna's promised vaccine production facility to be built in Montreal area

American vaccine maker Moderna will announce Friday it intends to build its promised Canadian production facility in the Montreal area.
Canada needs a stronger COVID-19 detection system, experts say

Canada needs a stronger COVID-19 detection system, experts say

PCR tests are the gold standard, but are too costly, with the amount of current infections across the country.
Health Canada greenlights AstraZeneca COVID-19 drug to prevent infection

Health Canada greenlights AstraZeneca COVID-19 drug to prevent infection

Health Canada has approved AstraZeneca's antibody combination to prevent symptomatic COVID-19 infection in immunocompromised people.
Rise in COVID cases shouldn't come as a surprise says local epidemiologist

Rise in COVID cases shouldn't come as a surprise says local epidemiologist

Dr. Christopher Labos explained on The Rob Snow Show that signs are pointing to a sixth wave of COVID-19.
Legacy and language around masks will be debated long after pandemic recedes: experts

Legacy and language around masks will be debated long after pandemic recedes: experts

Evolutionary biologist Prof. Sarah Otto said the divisiveness of the mask is a legacy that will long be debated after the pandemic is over.
Ontario to lift vaccine passports in March, accelerates reopening timeline

Ontario to lift vaccine passports in March, accelerates reopening timeline

Capacity limits at indoor settings where proof of vaccination is required will be lifted on Feb. 17, and large spectator venues can return to 50 per cent capacity. The remaining capacity limits are set to be eased on March 1 and will coincide with end of proof of vaccination requirements.
Remaining protesters say they will not leave until all COVID restrictions are lifted

Remaining protesters say they will not leave until all COVID restrictions are lifted

Those that remain say they are staying put until all the restrictions are lifted, with the president of the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association saying some protesters have been extending their stays at hotels, or are asking to rebook for the coming weekend.
Letter sent to parliamentarians warning of doxing ahead of trucker convoy: 'Go somewhere safe'

Letter sent to parliamentarians warning of doxing ahead of trucker convoy: 'Go somewhere safe'

MPs are reminded to avoid physical altercations, "even if provoked."
CRA to send out new round of letters checking eligibility from CERB recipients

CRA to send out new round of letters checking eligibility from CERB recipients

The agency says the people who are receiving letters have tax information that suggest they earned too much income during periods when they received aid.
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