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What is this new coronavirus variant in South Africa?

South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It’s unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first detected by scientists in South Africa and has also been seen in travellers to Hong Kong and Botswana.

People wait to get vaccinated at a shopping mall, in Johannesburg, Nov. 26, 2021. Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session Friday to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in South Africa. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

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First Canadian kids under 12 get vaccinated against COVID-19

A group of kids in Toronto became the first Canadians younger than 12 to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The 10 children were vaccinated in advance of the national rollout of vaccine as part of a partnership with Toronto Public Health and the city’s Hospital for Sick Children.

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