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B.C. court rejects mink farmers' lawsuits over ban imposed during pandemic

B.C. court rejects mink farmers' lawsuits over ban imposed during pandemic

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Supreme Court has rejected lawsuits by mink farmers challenging a provincial shutdown of the industry over COVID-19 concerns.
Bank of England edges closer to first rate cut since pandemic as it predicts below-target inflation

Bank of England edges closer to first rate cut since pandemic as it predicts below-target inflation

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England maintained its key U.K. interest rate at a 16-year high of 5.25% though it gave a broad hint that a reduction could be on the cards imminently as inflation is forecast to fall below target.
AstraZeneca pulls its COVID-19 vaccine from the European market

AstraZeneca pulls its COVID-19 vaccine from the European market

LONDON (AP) — The pharma giant AstraZeneca has requested that the European authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine be pulled, according to the EU medicines regulator.
Saint John, N.B., airport offers new regional routes after COVID-19 disruption

Saint John, N.B., airport offers new regional routes after COVID-19 disruption

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Regional air service in New Brunswick will get a boost in September when Saint John Airport adds new weekday flights to Halifax, reviving a route that was cancelled because of the pandemic.
A doctor whose views on COVID-19 vaccinations drew complaints has her medical license reinstated

A doctor whose views on COVID-19 vaccinations drew complaints has her medical license reinstated

An Ohio doctor who drew national attention when she told state legislators that COVID-19 vaccines made people magnetic has had her medical license reinstated after it was suspended for failing to cooperate with an investigation.
Scientists, clinicians across Canada preparing for future pandemic threats

Scientists, clinicians across Canada preparing for future pandemic threats

Nearly $574 million will be doled out to researchers across the country for projects aimed at ramping up Canada's preparedness for future health emergencies, including the next pandemic, the federal government announced on Monday.
Maternal deaths have fallen to pre-pandemic levels, new US data says

Maternal deaths have fallen to pre-pandemic levels, new US data says

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. deaths of moms around the time of childbirth have fallen back to pre-pandemic levels, new government data suggests. About 680 women died last year during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth, according to provisional CDC data.
April auto sales jump 14 per cent; still below pre-pandemic levels: DesRosiers

April auto sales jump 14 per cent; still below pre-pandemic levels: DesRosiers

TORONTO — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. says April car sales were up 14 per cent compared with the same month last year, though they're still below levels seen pre-pandemic.
Greater Vancouver home sales rise as inventory reaches levels not seen since pandemic

Greater Vancouver home sales rise as inventory reaches levels not seen since pandemic

VANCOUVER — Greater Vancouver's real estate board says the number of homes that changed hands in April rose 3.3 per cent from the previous year, but total sales were still well below the 10-year average for the month.
Vendor that mishandled Pennsylvania virus data to pay $2.7 million in federal whistleblower case

Vendor that mishandled Pennsylvania virus data to pay $2.7 million in federal whistleblower case

A large staffing firm that performed COVID-19 contact tracing for Pennsylvania and exposed the private medical information of about 72,000 residents will pay $2.
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