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MLB loosens COVID restrictions, drops masks for vaccinated

MLB loosens COVID restrictions, drops masks for vaccinated

NEW YORK (AP) — All fully vaccinated players and staff can stop wearing masks in dugouts, bullpens and clubhouses under the latest change to Major League Baseball's coronavirus protocols.
US locks down embassy in Afghanistan amid COVID-19 surge

US locks down embassy in Afghanistan amid COVID-19 surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan ordered a near-complete lockdown Thursday because of a massive spike in coronavirus cases among employees.
Virtual Supreme Court hearings to continue beyond pandemic, chief justice says

Virtual Supreme Court hearings to continue beyond pandemic, chief justice says

OTTAWA — Canada's chief justice says the Supreme Court will continue to hold virtual hearings beyond the COVID-19 pandemic if participants agree to them.

US to spend $3.2B on treatments for COVID-19, other viruses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is devoting $3.2 billion to speed development of antiviral pills to treat COVID-19 and other dangerous viruses that could turn into pandemics.
More Ontarians can book accelerated 2nd dose appointments starting next week

More Ontarians can book accelerated 2nd dose appointments starting next week

TORONTO — More Ontarians will be able to book earlier second shots of a COVID-19 vaccine next week as the province prepares to receive millions of doses this month.
Quebec minister apologizes for 'communication error' regarding AstraZeneca 2nd shots

Quebec minister apologizes for 'communication error' regarding AstraZeneca 2nd shots

MONTREAL — Quebec's health minister apologized on Thursday after the government appeared to change its advice regarding second doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
Manitoba doctors cite 'staggering' pandemic backlog of medical surgeries, tests

Manitoba doctors cite 'staggering' pandemic backlog of medical surgeries, tests

WINNIPEG — Manitoba is facing a "staggering" backlog of surgeries, diagnostic tests and other health-care services because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the drain on staff, the provincial doctors association said Thursday.
'Sign of hope': Olympic medallists visit First Nations clinic during COVID outbreak

'Sign of hope': Olympic medallists visit First Nations clinic during COVID outbreak

MORLEY, ALBERTA — Jordie Mark is looking forward to things getting back to normal. The councillor from the Chiniki Band on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation brought his son to a vaccination clinic in Morley, Alta.
Can you mix and match COVID-19 vaccines?

Can you mix and match COVID-19 vaccines?

Can you mix and match two-dose COVID-19 vaccines? It's likely safe and effective, but researchers are still gathering data to be sure.
Nova Scotia surprised by New Brunswick's 'risk tolerance' in opening to Canada

Nova Scotia surprised by New Brunswick's 'risk tolerance' in opening to Canada

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's premier says he is surprised at how quickly New Brunswick has opened its borders to travellers from the rest of Canada.