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Quebec premier to lift emergency measures in Gatineau, urges youth to get vaccine

Quebec premier to lift emergency measures in Gatineau, urges youth to get vaccine

MONTREAL — Quebec's premier and health officials sounded an optimistic note on Tuesday, as they reported fewer than 700 new cases for two consecutive days and said they will ease restrictions in the Gatineau, Que., area.
What do you do if you think you have VITT? What we know of the rare clotting disorder

What do you do if you think you have VITT? What we know of the rare clotting disorder

A new blood-clotting syndrome seen in a small minority of COVID-19 vaccine recipients continues to draw significant attention, but experts maintain the event is exceedingly rare — and treatable, in most cases.
Biden announces Uber, Lyft rides amid July 4 vaccine push

Biden announces Uber, Lyft rides amid July 4 vaccine push

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is highlighting new efforts to encourage Americans to get COVID-19 shots, including free rides to and from vaccination sites from ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, as the pace of shots nationally declines and
The Latest: Milwaukee's NBA, MLB teams boosting attendance

The Latest: Milwaukee's NBA, MLB teams boosting attendance

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks are increasing the seating capacity at their home games to 50%.
Dutch move toward further easing of coronavirus lockdown

Dutch move toward further easing of coronavirus lockdown

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch zoos and theme parks will be allowed to reopen next week under strict conditions and bars and cafes can extend the opening hours of their outdoor terraces, if hospital and intensive care admissions continue to fall
Nova Scotia reports 118 new cases of COVID-19, expands vaccine program

Nova Scotia reports 118 new cases of COVID-19, expands vaccine program

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health urged residents on Tuesday not to leave their communities as the province reported 118 new cases of COVID-19.
Experts divided on urgency to vaccinate teens from COVID-19 before September

Experts divided on urgency to vaccinate teens from COVID-19 before September

Heather Costley was thrilled to hear her 12-year-old son would soon be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, giving the Nova Scotia mother hope that a return to normalcy isn't as far off as she initially believed.
Hospital in Windsor, Ont., applies to access surplus COVID-19 vaccines from Detroit

Hospital in Windsor, Ont., applies to access surplus COVID-19 vaccines from Detroit

TORONTO — A hospital in the border city of Windsor, Ont., has asked the federal government for special permission to access surplus COVID-19 vaccines in neighbouring Michigan, its CEO said on Tuesday.
Other provinces looking at Saskatchewan's plan to tie COVID-19 vaccines to reopening

Other provinces looking at Saskatchewan's plan to tie COVID-19 vaccines to reopening

CALGARY — Neighbouring provinces are eyeing Saskatchewan's plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions in tandem with vaccination rates, but experts are warning the approach could lead some to a false sense of security.

Europe's rights body fears virus measures hurting democracy

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe’s leading human rights body warned Tuesday that threats to democratic rights and personal freedoms have worsened during the pandemic, with some governments using health restrictions as a pretext to advance undemocratic po