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Federal government faces costly path to recoup wrongly paid aid, auditor says

Federal government faces costly path to recoup wrongly paid aid, auditor says

Her audits flagged multiple moments when federal officials could have made program changes that may have prevented the wage subsidy from going to companies with unpaid tax bills, or the CERB from potentially going to known fraudsters.
Vaccine distribution ramping up as 11 per cent of Canadians get first shots: Ottawa

Vaccine distribution ramping up as 11 per cent of Canadians get first shots: Ottawa

"To date, over 4.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Canada," Njoo said in Ottawa on Thursday. "This marks an important milestone, with more than 11 per cent of eligible adult Canadians ... having received at least one dose."
Vaccine rollout set to shift into high gear with major surge in expected deliveries

Vaccine rollout set to shift into high gear with major surge in expected deliveries

Nearly 1.2 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are set to arrive this week, alongside 846,000 shots of the product developed by Moderna. 
AstraZeneca says U.S. data shows vaccine effective for all adults

AstraZeneca says U.S. data shows vaccine effective for all adults

AstraZeneca said its COVID-19 vaccine was 100 per cent effective in stopping severe disease and hospitalization, though it has not yet published full data so it's unclear if there were enough severe cases to make that finding significant.
Severe COVID-19 infection linked to increased risk of stillbirth, preterm birth

Severe COVID-19 infection linked to increased risk of stillbirth, preterm birth

Compared with asymptomatic patients, symptomatic patients were at double the risk of preterm birth and a 50 per cent increased risk of caesarean delivery.
Time for Canada, U.S. to get serious about how, when to reopen border, experts say

Time for Canada, U.S. to get serious about how, when to reopen border, experts say

In addition to the well-documented economic consequences, particularly among communities near the border, the year-long travel restrictions are taking a mental toll, the task force heard.
Variants threatening our progress in containing spread of COVID-19 with vaccines: Tam

Variants threatening our progress in containing spread of COVID-19 with vaccines: Tam

There have been nearly 4,500 variant cases of COVID-19 in Canada, with 90 per cent of those related to the variant first detected in the U.K., Tam said, adding that in parts of Canada, variants of concern are making up a higher proportion of all new cases.
NACI says Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine now recommended for use on seniors

NACI says Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine now recommended for use on seniors

The new advice comes as authorities debate whether Canada is moving into a third wave of the pandemic, and investigate concerns about blood clots and AstraZeneca's vaccine.
Coming week will see trickle of COVID-19 vaccine doses before floodgates open

Coming week will see trickle of COVID-19 vaccine doses before floodgates open

The Public Health Agency says this coming week will be the last in which Canada will receive fewer than 1 million doses over a seven-day period.
Trudeau warns COVID-19 vaccine passports raise 'questions of fairness'

Trudeau warns COVID-19 vaccine passports raise 'questions of fairness'

He said some Canadians cannot be vaccinated because of medical conditions, and noted people who are not prioritized for shots will have to wait much longer than others.