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COVID-19 Update: Medicine Hat passes mandatory mask bylaw | 1,685 new cases, 10 deaths



a person standing in front of a sunset: Araleigh Cranch adjusts her mask watching the sunset on Crescent Hill as the province announced plans for vaccines starting in January in Calgary on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.


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Araleigh Cranch adjusts her mask watching the sunset on Crescent Hill as the province announced plans for vaccines starting in January in Calgary on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

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WHO looks at possible ‘e-vaccination certificates’ for travel



a close up of a painted wall:  This file photo taken on February 24, 2020 shows the logo of the World Health Organization (WHO) at their headquarters in Geneva.


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This file photo taken on February 24, 2020 shows the logo of the World Health Organization (WHO) at their headquarters in Geneva.

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



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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



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File photo of B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

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



a sign in front of a brick building:  Medicine Hat’s welcome sign sits on the east side of the city on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.


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Medicine Hat’s welcome sign sits on the east side of the city on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.

Medicine Hat city council passed a mandatory face covering bylaw on Wednesday night.

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China Passes Biosecurity Law to Prevent Infectious Diseases | World News

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s top legislative body passed a new biosecurity law aimed at preventing and managing infectious diseases, state news agency Xinhua reported late on Saturday.

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee voted to adopt the law on Saturday, according to Xinhua, and it would come into effect on April 15, 2021.

The law would establish systems for biosecurity risk prevention and control, including risk monitoring and early warning, risk investigation and assessment, and information sharing.

It would also have provisions to prevent and respond to specific biosecurity risks, including major emerging infectious diseases, epidemic and sudden outbreaks, and biotechnology research, development and application, reported Xinhua.

China had announced in May that it aimed to fast-track the passing of the biosecurity law by year-end, following the global coronavirus outbreak which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

China has managed to nearly stamp out domestic transmissions of the coronavirus following aggressive measures to curb its spread. New infections detected last week in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao however ended China’s run of about two months without reporting a local case.

China’s health commission last reported 13 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Oct. 17, bringing the mainland’s total number of confirmed cases to 85,672.

(Reporting by Emily Chow; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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