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Pfizer seeks OK of updated COVID vaccine booster for fall

Pfizer seeks OK of updated COVID vaccine booster for fall

Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its combination COVID-19 vaccine that adds protection against the newest omicron relatives — a key step toward opening a fall booster campaign.
Pot company SNDL to acquire the Valens Company in all-stock transaction

Pot company SNDL to acquire the Valens Company in all-stock transaction

CALGARY — Pot shop owner SNDL Inc. says it will acquire cannabis manufacturer the Valens Company Inc. and combine the businesses in an all-stock transaction it valued at $138 million.
Philippine kids back in school after 2 years lost to virus

Philippine kids back in school after 2 years lost to virus

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Millions of students wearing face masks streamed back to primary and secondary schools across the Philippines on Monday for their first in-person classes after two years of coronavirus lockdowns that are feared to have wors
Calm in the chaos: Canadian Medical Association's first Indigenous leader takes helm

Calm in the chaos: Canadian Medical Association's first Indigenous leader takes helm

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — In a brightly lit surgical room around sunrise, Dr. Alika Lafontaine recounts why he chose to become an anesthesiologist as he fills syringes for his first patient of the day.

Premiers of Ontario, N.S., N.B., P.E.I. to meet today for health-care summit

TORONTO — The premiers of Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. will meet in Moncton today for a summit to discuss Canada's struggling health-care system.
Japan's PM Kishida isolates with COVID-19, cancels travels

Japan's PM Kishida isolates with COVID-19, cancels travels

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and canceled his planned travels while he isolates and recuperates.

Emergency rooms close in B.C., paramedics union says ambulances unstaffed

VANCOUVER — Nicola Valley Hospital in Merritt, B.C., is the latest emergency room in the province to shut its doors due to lack of staff, joining a series of similar interruptions in service in British Columbia's Interior.
Polio in US, UK and Israel reveals rare risk of oral vaccine

Polio in US, UK and Israel reveals rare risk of oral vaccine

LONDON (AP) — For years, global health officials have used billions of drops of an oral vaccine in a remarkably effective campaign aimed at wiping out polio in its last remaining strongholds — typically, poor, politically unstable corners of the worl
Jill Biden tests negative for COVID-19, will go to Delaware

Jill Biden tests negative for COVID-19, will go to Delaware

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 and will leave South Carolina , where she had isolated since vacationing with President Joe Biden, and rejoin him at their Delaware beach home, her office said Sunday.
Indonesia announces its first case of monkeypox

Indonesia announces its first case of monkeypox

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A man in Indonesia has tested positive for monkeypox, making him the country’s first confirmed case of the disease, authorities said late Saturday.