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MLB not requiring COVID-19 vaccines for minor leaguers

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will not require players with minor league contracts to be vaccinated against COVID-19 this season but is mandating that most staff receive the shots.
57 per cent of Yukon children have first COVID-19 shot but more needed: doctor

57 per cent of Yukon children have first COVID-19 shot but more needed: doctor

WHITEHORSE — The head of the Canadian Medical Association says Yukon's COVID-19 vaccine rate for children is encouraging but more work is needed to increase the number of immunized kids. Dr.
Watchdog says key federal health agency is failing on crises

Watchdog says key federal health agency is failing on crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's main health agency is failing to meet its responsibilities for leading the national response to public health emergencies including the coronavirus pandemic , extreme weather disasters and even potential bioterroris
Draft long-term care standards could have prevented pandemic deaths: committee chair

Draft long-term care standards could have prevented pandemic deaths: committee chair

OTTAWA — An organization that develops health-care standards has released a draft of new long-term care guidance that the authors hope will fundamentally change the way Canadian care homes are accredited and inspected.
N.L. reports three more COVID-19 deaths; total number doubles in less than a month

N.L. reports three more COVID-19 deaths; total number doubles in less than a month

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador are today reporting four new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the province's total number of fatalities since the pandemic first began to 38. Half of those have occurred since Dec.

Omicron surge in Brazil hospitalizing the unvaccinated

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There has been a renewed surge of COVID-19 in Brazil with the spread of the omicron variant and, as elsewhere in the world, it is largely a pandemic of the unvaccinated.

EU regulator recommends Pfizer's COVID pill be authorized

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has recommended that Pfizer's coronavirus antiviral drug be authorized for use in the 27-nation European Union, the first time the agency has recommended a pill for treating COVID-19.
England lifts COVID restrictions as omicron threat recedes

England lifts COVID restrictions as omicron threat recedes

LONDON (AP) — Most coronavirus restrictions including mandatory face masks were lifted in England on Thursday, after Britain’s government said its vaccine booster rollout successfully reduced serious illness and COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is isolating after learning of COVID exposure

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is isolating after learning of COVID exposure

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is isolating at home after learning that he was exposed to someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. The prime minister says in a tweet that he learned about the exposure just last night.

Africa CDC: Continent on course to vaccinate 70% this year

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The African continent is on course to reach its target of vaccinating at least 70% of its population against COVID-19 by the end of 2022, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters on Thursday