Canada: Ontario Risk Assessment for BA.2 to April 5, 2022

“Close monitoring of epidemiological trends since March 21, 2022 (date of mask mandate removal) suggests a corresponding temporal association with a subsequent increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases, percent positivity, and hospitalizations.”...More...

Preprint: Highly divergent lineage of SARS-CoV-2 in deer with potential deer-to-human transmission

We identified a new and highly divergent lineage of SARS-CoV-2. This lineage has 76 consensus mutations including 37 previously associated with non-human animal hosts, 23 of which were not previously reported in deer....More...

Canada: Infants more likely to be hospitalized from Omicron

Omicron cases in infants under one year of age are almost seven times more likely to lead to hospitalizations, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr....More...

Canada: Quebec to force unvaccinated to pay ‘significant’ financial penalty *1 UPDATE*

Quebec, in Canada, will charge a health tax to residents who are not vaccinated against Covid-19. The premier of Quebec has announced that it would be the first in the nation to financially penalise the unvaccinated.

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The 2021 winter wave will be the largest Covid wave so far

It looks like the 2021 Covid global winter wave will be a much larger repeat of the 2020 winter wave, with Europe and North America being the biggest contributors of new Covid cases again....More...

Covid-19 pandemic used to test propaganda techniques on Canadians

Canadian military leaders saw the pandemic as a unique opportunity to test out propaganda techniques on an unsuspecting public, a newly released Canadian Forces report concludes. ...More...

Vaccine waning studies show large declines in efficacy againt infection for Covid-19 vaccines

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