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WHO looks at possible ‘e-vaccination certificates’ for travel
The World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend countries issuing “immunity passports” for those who have recovered from COVID-19, but is looking at prospects of deploying e-vaccination certificates like those it is developing with Estonia.
Estonia and the United Nations health agency in October started a pilot project for a digital vaccine certificate – a “smart yellow card” – for eventual use in interoperable healthcare data tracking and to strengthen the WHO-backed COVAX initiative to boost vaccinations in developing countries.
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Health Canada to finish review on Pfizer vaccine candidate soon, federal govt. says
Canada is drawing closer to making a decision on a leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Wednesday as the federal government continued to face pressure to deliver on doses amid mounting cases and deaths.
In a series of Twitter messages, Hajdu described the United Kingdom’s decision to authorize the vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech as “encouraging.”
“Health Canada’s review of this candidate is ongoing, and is expected to be completed soon,” she wrote.
“Making sure a COVID-19 vaccine is safe before approving it is Health Canada’s priority, and when a vaccine is ready, Canada will be ready.”
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Hockey team that picked up COVID in Alberta wreaks havoc in B.C. community
An old-timers hockey team travelled from the Interior Health region into Alberta and returned with sick players, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday.
Those players then spread the disease to dozens of people, including family and workmates.
“I can tell you that it was several dozen families that were infected. Several businesses affected, long-term care was affected,” said Henry.
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Medicine Hat passes mandatory mask bylaw
Medicine Hat city council passed a mandatory face covering bylaw on Wednesday night.