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Review: 'The Darkness of Others' tells twisted pandemic tale

Review: 'The Darkness of Others' tells twisted pandemic tale

“The Darkness of Others,” by Cate Holahan (Grand Central Publishing) The pandemic has lasted long enough for pandemic-era novels to come out — Louise Erdrich and Jodi Picoult are among those who have written them.
Chinese think tank: Virus curbs must change to help economy

Chinese think tank: Virus curbs must change to help economy

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese think tank issued a rare public disagreement Monday with the ruling Communist Party’s severe “zero COVID” policy, saying curbs that shut down cities and disrupt trade, travel and industry must change to prevent an “economic s
'Only the beginning'': Hundreds protest Western University vaccine mandate

'Only the beginning'': Hundreds protest Western University vaccine mandate

LONDON, Ont. — A protest against Western University's COVID-19 vaccine mandate drew hundreds of people to the southwestern Ontario campus on Saturday for what an event organizer called the beginning of the push to overturn the controversial policy.
Bonnie Henry backs B.C.'s COVID-19 school plan, rejects mask mandate as 'blunt tool'

Bonnie Henry backs B.C.'s COVID-19 school plan, rejects mask mandate as 'blunt tool'

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, is defending the province's back-to-school pandemic guidelines against calls from some parent and teacher groups for more stringent COVID-19 protocols.

Nunavut expands COVID-19 vaccine to all children aged six months to four years

NUNAVUT — The Nunavut government says it is expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to all children aged six months to four years. Health Canada authorized the use of Moderna's Spikevax vaccine for babies and young children in July.
Nova Scotia's chief medical officer warns public against COVID-19 complacency

Nova Scotia's chief medical officer warns public against COVID-19 complacency

HALIFAX — Nova Scotians are too complacent about COVID-19 ahead of a new wave of the disease expected in the fall, the province’s chief medical officer warned Friday.
Moderna sues Pfizer, BioNTech over COVID-19 vaccine patents

Moderna sues Pfizer, BioNTech over COVID-19 vaccine patents

COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna is suing Pfizer and the German drugmaker BioNTech, accusing its main competitors of copying Moderna’s technology in order to make their own vaccine.
Ontario COVID-19 science table to be dissolved; government says work will go on

Ontario COVID-19 science table to be dissolved; government says work will go on

TORONTO — Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, which has provided guidance and advice to the government and public throughout most of the pandemic, said Friday that it is being dissolved, but the government said its work will continue.
Pfizer asks EU drug regulator to OK tweaked COVID vaccine

Pfizer asks EU drug regulator to OK tweaked COVID vaccine

LONDON (AP) — Pfizer and BioNTech have asked the European Medicines Agency to authorize their updated coronavirus booster vaccine that includes the most recent omicron subvariants.
Secret Service recovers $286M in stolen pandemic loans

Secret Service recovers $286M in stolen pandemic loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service said Friday that it has recovered $286 million in fraudulently obtained pandemic loans and is returning the money to the Small Business Administration.