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Toronto fire chief who played key role in COVID-19 response announces retirement

  • Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, who was a key figure in the city's COVID-19 response, has announced his retirement. After 32 years in active service and eight years as chief, Pegg says he will officially step down on Oct. 4. Pegg was one of the prominent faces of the city's pandemic response and helped steer the immunization program as Toronto's COVID-19 incident commander, a role he held until 2022. In a statement posted to social media, he says there has not been a single day when he has not

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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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    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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    COVID-19 deaths increase to 4 in N.B., hospitalizations drop to 3, fewer than flu admissions

    COVID-19 deaths in New Brunswick doubled to four, week-over-week, while hospitalizations for or with the virus dropped to three from 19, and intensive care admissions dropped to none from one, data released by the province Tuesday shows.More people were admitted to hospital with the flu than COVID between April 28 and May 4, at four, including one who required intensive care, according to the Respiratory Watch report.COVID-19 activity remains moderate, the report says, while influenza activity h

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  • NewsThe Canadian Press

    Toronto fire chief who played key role in COVID-19 response announces retirement

    Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, who was a key figure in the city's COVID-19 response, has announced his retirement. After 32 years in active service and eight years as chief, Pegg says he will officially step down on Oct. 4. Pegg was one of the prominent faces of the city's pandemic response and helped steer the immunization program as Toronto's COVID-19 incident commander, a role he held until 2022. In a statement posted to social media, he says there has not been a single day when he has not

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    AstraZeneca pulls its COVID-19 vaccine from the European market

    LONDON (AP) — The pharma giant AstraZeneca has requested that the European authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine be pulled, according to the EU medicines regulator. In an update on the European Medicines Agency's website Wednesday, the regulator said that the approval for AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria had been withdrawn “at the request of the marketing authorization holder.” AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine was first given the nod by the EMA in January 2021. Within weeks, however, concerns grew about t

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    AstraZeneca withdraws its vaccine to protect against COVID-19 worldwide

    AstraZeneca says it is withdrawing Vaxzevria, its vaccine to protect against COVID-19, from global markets. The vaccine was used early on in the pandemic in many countries, including Canada. In an update on the European Medicines Agency's website on Wednesday, the regulator said that the approval for Vaxzevria had been withdrawn "at the request of the marketing authorization holder." More than three billion doses of the vaccine have been supplied since it first was administered in the United Kin

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    Saint John, N.B., airport offers new regional routes after COVID-19 disruption

    SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Regional air service in New Brunswick will get a boost in September when Saint John Airport adds new weekday flights to Halifax, reviving a route that was cancelled because of the pandemic. A news release says Quebec-based PASCAN Aviation will offer two daily return flights between Saint John and Halifax from Monday to Friday, as well as one return flight between Bathurst and Saint John every weekday. The airline will fly 30-passenger SAAB 340B planes on the routes, beginning

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    Will withdrawal of AstraZeneca vaccine affect your next COVID booster jab?

    The withdrawal comes as the government invites people to take part in the spring booster.

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