Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease.
The British government announced a major simplification of its rules for international travel on Friday, heeding complaints from travellers and businesses that its regulations aimed at staving off the spread of COVID-19 were cumbersome and ineffective.
Cuba on Thursday began a massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign for children between the ages of 2 and 10, becoming one of the first nations to do so. Health officials here say Cuba's homegrown vaccines have been found safe to give to young children.
The Italian government has approved some of the strictest anti-COVID-19 measures in the world, making it obligatory for all workers either to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from infection.
How it affects me
While the Government of Canada is still advising against all non-essential travel, there is a growing list of countries accepting Canadian travellers.
As the COVID-19 situation changes across the country, tools to help Canadians assess their risk level are getting an upgrade as well: this fall, a website that gives Canadians an idea of the virus risk in any given situation has updated to be more relevant for back-to-school.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now recommending that some immunocompromised people receive three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
As more employers use vaccine mandates to protect workplaces against COVID-19, some unvaccinated people worry about their jobs. One employment lawyer says it's not so simple to uphold these mandates.
Your finances during the crisis
Canadian hospitals spent nearly $1 billion caring for patients with COVID-19, with the average cost per patient being $23,000.
Canadians with the lowest credit ratings repaid the most credit card debt in the first year of the pandemic as part of a wave of non-mortgage debt repayments, Statistics Canada said Monday.
New Democrats say they've have been flooded with calls from Canadians aged 65 and up who suddenly find themselves cut off from monthly government payments due to the pandemic benefits they relied on last year.
The Canada Recovery Benefit is now unavailable to people who haven't yet filed their taxes for 2019 or 2020, according to recent changes on the Government of Canada’s website.