Why ‘waning immunity’ from COVID-19 vaccines isn’t as bad as it sounds | CBC News

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Canadians concerned over waning immunity from COVID-19 vaccines, breakthrough infections and the need for booster shots in the general public could … Read more

FDA says kid-sized Pfizer vaccine doses appear highly effective, safe | CBC News

US health regulators said late Friday that kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear highly effective at preventing symptomatic infections in elementary school children and caused no unexpected safety issues, as the country weighs beginning vaccinations in youngsters. The Food and Drug Administration posted its analysis of Pfizer’s data ahead of a public meeting next … Read more

Aromatherapy spray recalled in US following rare tropical disease deaths | CBC News

US health officials may have solved the mystery of how four people in different states came down with a serious tropical disease even though none had traveled internationally: an aromatherapy spray imported from India. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday that investigators found the same type of bacteria that causes the … Read more

Canadians who had an allergic reaction to first vaccine dose can safely get second, advisory committee says | CBC News

Those who had an allergic reaction to their first shot of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine can safely receive future doses of the same product or a different mRNA vaccine, says Canada’s vaccine advisory committee. While rare, there have been reported cases of individuals experiencing severe and immediate allergic reactions to a first dose, said the … Read more

Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Friday | CBC News

The latest: Newfoundland and Labrador’s vaccine passport comes into effect today. The passport system must now be used at places like restaurants, bars, bingo halls and performance spaces. The system uses a QR code containing a person’s vaccination status, which can be downloaded and stored in an app. Businesses can use another app to scan … Read more