G20 leaders snub COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver, watering down WHO funding commitments – National

Leaders of the world’s largest economies back “voluntary licensing” of COVID-19 vaccine patents, the draft conclusions of a summit show, watering down a U.S. push for waivers and earlier commitments to supply more funds to the World Health Organization. The draft document, seen by Reuters, lists commitments of G20 nations and other countries and […]

India reports record day of COVID-19 deaths as cases pass 25 million – National

India’s total virus cases since the pandemic began swept past 25 million on Tuesday as the country registered more than 260,000 new cases and a record 4,329 fatalities in the past 24 hours. The numbers continue a trend of falling cases after infections dipped below 300,000 for the first time in weeks on Monday. […]

Pokemon card sales spiked amid COVID-19. Now, stores are taking them off the shelves – National

The demand for Pokemon cards has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to limited supplies and a scorching hot market that is driving some people in North America to erratic and violent behaviour. McDonald’s recently issued a statement urging restaurants to set a “reasonable limit” on Happy Meals sold per customer, after a promotion […]

Former child star Ricky Schroder berates Costco staff in anti-mask rant – National

Former child actor Ricky Schroder has apologized for arguing with a Costco employee over the store’s mask rules, in a video that he recorded and posted on his own social media channels. The original video shows Schroder berating a masked supervisor outside a Costco in California, after the supervisor refused to let him into […]

Joy for U.K. pubs and hugs threatened by rise in COVID-19 variant first seen in India – National

Drinks were raised in toasts and reunited friends hugged each other as thousands of U.K. pubs and restaurants opened Monday for indoor service for the first time since early January. Yet the prime minister sounded a cautious tone, warning about a more contagious COVID-19 variant that threatens reopening plans. Theatres, leisure venues and museums […]

U.K. undecided over Pfizer’s offer to fast-track COVID-19 jabs for Olympians – National

LONDON (AP) — The British government is still deciding whether to accept an offer from Pfizer to fast-track Olympic and Paralympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccines. Jabs are only being given to Britons aged 38 or older — though this will be extended to those over 35 from next week — with younger people only […]

Hundreds of suspected COVID-19 victims found buried along Indian riverbanks: officials – National

Police are reaching out to villagers in northern India to investigate the recovery of bodies buried in shallow sand graves or washed up on the Ganges River banks, prompting speculation on social media that they’re the remains of COVID-19 victims. In jeeps and boats, police used portable loudspeakers with microphones asking people not to […]

U.K. prepares for major reopening as new COVID-19 variant sparks worry – National

Travelers in England were packing their bags, bartenders were polishing their glasses and performers were warming up as Britain prepared Sunday for a major step out of lockdown — but with clouds of worry on the horizon. Excitement at the reopening of travel and hospitality vied with anxiety that a more contagious virus variant […]

U.S. schools should continue to use masks, latest CDC guidance says – National

Schools in the United States should continue to use masks for the 2020-2021 school year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Saturday. The CDC in its latest guidance said all kindergarten through grade 12 schools “should implement and layer prevention strategies and should prioritize universal and correct use of […]

Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout unlikely to be slowed over Fortin’s resignation: expert – National

The sudden departure of the senior military officer in charge of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is unlikely to slow down the high-profile operation, an expert in military affairs said Saturday. Christian Leuprecht, a professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., said the unexpected reassignment Friday of Maj-Gen. Dany Fortin won’t affect vaccine distribution because […]