Canada received Pfizer COVID-19 doses earlier than planned, but paid premium – National

Canada paid a premium to get more than 250,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine delivered last December, weeks earlier than planned. The detail is contained in heavily redacted contracts released to the House of Commons health committee late Friday, but any specifics on what price was paid or how the delivery schedule was […]

Russia tests nasal spray COVID-19 for children aged 8 to 12 – National

Russia has tested a nasal spray form of its COVID- 19 vaccine that is suitable for children aged 8-12, and plans to launch the new product in September, the scientist who led the development of the Sputnik V vaccine said on Saturday. Alexander Gintsburg, who heads the Gamaleya Institute that developed Sputnik V, said the spray for children used the same vaccine “only instead of a needle, a nozzle is put […]

Europe is open for travel. But tourists must navigate each country’s COVID-19 rules   – National

Europe is opening up to Americans, Canadians and other visitors after more than a year of COVID-induced restrictions, in hope of luring back tourists — and their dollars — to the continent’s trattorias, vistas and cultural treasures. But travelers will need patience to figure out who’s allowed into which country, how and when. As […]

Europe sees dramatic fall in COVID-19 cases in time for summer – National

When Italy won the Eurovision Song Contest with an over-the-top glam-rock performance, the victory signaled more than just a psychological boost for one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19: Held before a live, indoor audience of 3,500, the annual kitsch fest confirmed that Europe was returning to a semblance of normalcy that was […]

WHO preparing proposal for next study into origins of COVID-19 – National

World Health Organization (WHO) experts are preparing a proposal on the next studies to be carried out into the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19, a spokeswoman said on Friday. The United States called on Thursday for the WHO to carry out a second phase of its investigation into the origins, with independent […]

50% of U.S. adults have received both COVID-19 vaccine doses, CDC says – National

Nearly one out of two Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday, while half the citizens above the age of 18 in the country have been fully vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency said 164,378,258 people, or 49.5 per cent of […]

U.S. calls for ‘transparent’ new investigation into COVID-19 origins – National

The United States called on Tuesday for international experts to be allowed to evaluate the source of the coronavirus and the “early days of the outbreak” in a second phase of an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. U.S. intelligence agencies are examining reports that researchers at a Chinese virology laboratory were seriously […]

Wuhan virus lab staff sought hospital care before China disclosed COVID-19 outbreak: reports – National

Three researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) sought hospital care in November 2019, months before China disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic, according to several reports on Sunday, citing a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report. The Wall Street Journal, which first broke the story, said that the report provides fresh details on the number […]

Face masks mostly out, hugs in at White House as U.S. COVID-19 vaccinations continue – National

A smiling crowd of unmasked people filling the largest room in the White House. A visiting head of state welcomed with pomp, circumstance and handshakes. A 94-year old Medal of Honor recipient receiving a joyous hug from U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. The White House is springing back to life. Thanks to growing availability […]

Here’s a look at why India is short on COVID-19 vaccines – National

Last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the United Nations his country would make enough COVID-19 vaccines “to help all humanity.” Now India is struggling to meet its own domestic needs for the shots amid a startling surge of infections. As the world’s largest maker of vaccines, India always was expected to play […]