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Germany scraps a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for military servicepeople

  • BERLIN (AP) — Germany has scrapped a requirement for its military servicepeople to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a mandate that had been in place since late 2021, the government said Wednesday. People serving with the German military, the Bundeswehr, are required to get vaccinations against a number of diseases — including measles, mumps and flu — so long as individuals have no specific health issues to prevent that. COVID-19 was added to the list in November 2021, meaning that anyone who refu

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    Retiree calls out Sask. gov't for not communicating changes to accessing COVID-19 drug Paxlovid

    A 63-year-old Saskatoon man says he has lost faith in the Saskatchewan government's health-care system, and he may move provinces because of it.A big issue, he says, is that the province does not properly communicate new health-care information with the public. When Greg Pletz contracted COVID-19 in mid-May, he called the Saskatchewan 811 HealthLine and was told to contact his general practitioner for a prescription forPaxlovid, Pfizer's antiviral drug.But that process proved to be far more diff

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    IRS sues Ohio doctor whose views on COVID-19 vaccinations drew complaints

    CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio doctor who drew national attention when she claimed COVID-19 vaccines made people magnetic is being sued by the federal government over claims she hasn't paid nearly $650,000 in federal taxes and late fees. The lawsuit, filed last month in federal court in Cleveland, claims Sherri Tenpenny didn't pay taxes in 2001, 2012 and 2013. Tenpenny, an osteopathic doctor, has been licensed in Ohio since 1984. She told Cleveland.com that she's tried to settle the dispute with the s

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    Fauci testifies before Congress for first time since leaving government: 5 takeaways from the hearing

    The 83-year-old former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases sought to debunk conservative conspiracy theories about his response to COVID-19.

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    B.C. government to pay for COVID-19 drug Paxlovid after feds drop coverage

    VICTORIA — British Columbia will cover the cost of an antiviral drug aimed at treating mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 as the federal government ends its coverage. A statement from B.C.'s Health Ministry says the province will provide 100 per cent coverage for the treatment sold under the brand name Paxlovid, for B.C. residents with an active medical services plan. A provincial government web page says the change took effect on Tuesday, after the federal government stopped supplying Paxlovid

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    COVID-19 antiviral medication no longer available for free in Nova Scotia

    A costly drug used to treat people who are at risk of becoming severely ill or dying after contracting COVID-19 is no longer available free of charge in Nova Scotia.Paxlovid has been free for eligible patients in Nova Scotia since early 2022, but that has changed now that Ottawa is no longer paying to supply provinces with the antiviral.Michelle Thompson, Nova Scotia's health minister, said Wednesday the antiviral has been added to the list of drugs covered by the province's Pharmacare programs.

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    Germany scraps a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for military servicepeople

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany has scrapped a requirement for its military servicepeople to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a mandate that had been in place since late 2021, the government said Wednesday. People serving with the German military, the Bundeswehr, are required to get vaccinations against a number of diseases — including measles, mumps and flu — so long as individuals have no specific health issues to prevent that. COVID-19 was added to the list in November 2021, meaning that anyone who refu

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    NACI says mpox and COVID-19 vaccines can be safely given at the same time

    OTTAWA — The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says the mpox vaccine can be given at the same time as an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, reversing its previous recommendation to wait at least four weeks due to safety concerns. It said Friday that data is now available to show there is no increased risk of myocarditis or anaphylaxis for people who are given Imvamune, the vaccine for mpox, when they are also vaccinated against COVID-19. The recommendation also says that Imvamune can be given at t

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    N.B. expands COVID-19 wastewater monitoring and uses, moves to monthly reports

    New Brunswick has expanded its COVID-19 wastewater monitoring system network and is expanding its uses to include other infectious diseases, such as the flu and RSV.New surveillance sites have been added in Sackville and St. Stephen, along with a second site in Saint John, said Sean Hatchard, spokesperson for the Department of Health.The sites have started operating and their data will soon be uploaded to the national COVID-19 wastewater monitoring dashboard, he said."Before data from a new wast

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    Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell working from home after testing positive for COVID-19

    Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing related symptoms. Powell tested positive late Thursday. "Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, he is staying away from others and working at home,” a Fed spokesperson said. Powell was a participant in a panel discussion in Amsterdam on Tuesday, where he said that the central bank is unlikely to raise its key interest rate in response to signs of stubborn inflation and underscored his

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  • HealthCBC

    Court upholds B.C.'s COVID-19 health-care vaccine mandate

    The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that the province's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health-care workers was justified, based on the significant risk posed by the virus when the province's mandate was renewed in October 2023.Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry had first imposed the orders on all workers in B.C. health-care settings in October 2021. The order was renewed in 2022 and 2023, and remains in place across B.C.According to a judgment posted Monday, around 1,800 workers lost their jo

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