COVID-19: Latest News
Province urging high-risk residents to get spring COVID booster3 minute read Monday, Mar. 20, 2023
COVID-19 boosters are available for high-risk Manitobans this spring, and most Manitobans will likely be eligible for their next booster in the fall.
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Police chief says COVID effects contribute to record death toll on city streets6 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 16, 2023
A year after Manitoba lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, Manitobans navigate uncertain, potentially dangerous world12 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2023
B.C. pharmacist suspended for faked vaccine2 minute read Preview Updated: Yesterday at 12:57 PM CDT
Ignoring experts, China’s sudden zero-COVID exit cost lives6 minute read Preview Updated: Yesterday at 11:41 PM CDT
Ignoring experts, China’s sudden zero-COVID exit cost lives15 minute read Preview Updated: Yesterday at 11:38 PM CDT
How these firms survived their pandemic pivot6 minute read Preview Sunday, Mar. 19, 2023
Nick Ngo still vividly remembers the spring of 2020, and the sudden wave of new shops making the same acrylic barriers as his business.
"During that time, companies would pop up. I remember (it was) anybody with a saw who was able to cut it," said Ngo, project manager at Sixstream Signs Ltd. in Surrey, B.C. "I don't necessarily agree with it, but that was what they were doing."
What Ngo saw was part of a larger trend, a cascade of companies suddenly jumping into the COVID-19 economy, switching production from other fields into making everything from protective barriers and hand sanitizers to cleaning wipes and personal protective equipment.
Fast-forward three years, and many companies that emerged to manufacture and procure PPE in the early days of the pandemic have gone bust. But others like Sixstream that had pre-existing product lines before pivoting to pandemic-related products related to social distancing and hygiene have since managed to switch back, as supply lines and demand factors recovered and stabilized.
New COVID origins data point to raccoon dogs in China market7 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 17, 2023
COVID-19 pill Paxlovid moves closer to full FDA approval3 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 16, 2023
China to reopen to tourists, resume all visas Wednesday2 minute read Preview Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2023
Masks stay put in Japan as 3-year request to wear them ends3 minute read Preview Sunday, Mar. 12, 2023
COVID test requirement lifted for travelers from China to US2 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 10, 2023
House votes to declassify info about origins of COVID-193 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 10, 2023
US to relax COVID testing rules for travelers from China4 minute read Preview Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2023
Manitoba’s former pandemic visitation pods face varied, uncertain future4 minute read Preview Monday, Mar. 6, 2023
Arkansas Tyson workers sue over lack of COVID protections2 minute read Preview Monday, Mar. 6, 2023
Bulgaria scraps large quantities of expired COVID vaccines2 minute read Preview Monday, Mar. 6, 2023
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian health authorities said Monday that 2.8 million of expired COVID-19 doses will be destroyed this year in addition to the 2.3 million doses that have already been scrapped in the country with the lowest vaccination rate in the European Union.
According to Health Minister Assen Medzhidiev there is an excessive number of vaccines, low vaccination coverage, and a lack of people who want a shot. Only 30% of the country’s 6.5 million population has basic immunization.
Medzhidiev said Bulgaria has called on the European Commission to end a contract with BioNTech/Pfizer under which his country is obliged to buy coronavirus vaccines until 2025. He said Bulgaria's position is supported by Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania.
The minister called it “irrational” for Bulgaria to buy more vaccines that the country will end up destroying.