Health

Brazil variant of COVID-19 reaches Hawaii

HONOLULU (Eagle News) – The Hawaii Department of Health (DOL) confirmed on Friday, February 26, the presence of a new COVID variant in the Aloha State. The P.2 variant is thought to have originated in Brazil and has been found …

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Canada approves AstraZeneca vaccine

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — Canadians now have access to a third Covid-19 vaccine after Health Canada approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Friday. “This is very encouraging news. It means more people vaccinated and sooner,” Prime …

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Vaccines prove effective in reducing death rate in Alberta nursing homes

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — As more seniors in nursing homes in the western Canadian province of Alberta are vaccinated, the case numbers and  death rate have dropped dramatically, said Alberta’s chief medical officer of …

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Covid cases among Canadian health care workers up by 300% since summer

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — Since the end of last July, the number of Covid-19 infections among health care workers in Canada has tripled according to a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. …

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Trial date set for Protestant church pastor accused of violating public health restriction

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — A Protestant church pastor remains in jail awaiting trial for violating public health restrictions in the western Canadian province of Alberta. A trial date was set Wednesday for James Coates, …

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Johnson & Johnson vaccine highly effective against severe Covid

  By Issam Ahmed Agence France-Presse (AFP) — The single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine is highly effective in preventing severe Covid-19, including newer variants, according to documents released by the US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. The news came …

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90% Covid vaccination rate may be needed to achieve herd immunity; 3rd vaccine close to approval

By Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service OTTAWA (Eagle News) — A higher percentage of Canadians may have to be vaccinated than originally thought to achieve herd immunity because of the Covid-19 variants, said Health Canada’s chief medical advisor. Dr. …

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Canada-US border closure extended for another month

Canada-US border closure extended for another month By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service OTTAWA (Eagle News) — The Canada-US border will remain closed to non-essential travel for another month, Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced Friday. “Non-essential travel …

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Canadians living in BC, Alberta the least likely to follow Covid-19 rules

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service EDMONTON (Eagle News) — People in Canada’s two western-most provinces seem to be the least compliant when it comes to Covid-19 restrictions, according to a survey released Friday. Insights West, a Canadian market …

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Canada’s top doctor warns current measures not enough to control Covid variants

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service OTTAWA (Eagle News) — As provincial governments across Canada begin easing restrictions Canada’s chief public health officer warns more contagious Covid variants are waiting in the wings to spark a third wave of …

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Four San Antonio Spurs players positive for virus, games postponed

  (AFP) — Three more games involving the San Antonio Spurs were postponed on Tuesday as the NBA confirmed four players from the team have now tested positive for Covid-19. An NBA statement said the games would be postponed in …

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US pharmacy vaccine drive begins as cases fall

By Issam Ahmed Agence France-Presse (AFP) — The United States’ Covid vaccination drive entered a new phase Thursday as thousands of pharmacies were scheduling shots, but a wave of optimism brought about by falling cases could soon be tested by …

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