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Canada vaccine deals criticized as minister affirms support for equal access

Sep 11 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — More than 100 Canadian health and policy experts say the federal government has succumbed to "vaccine nationalism" because it has pre-purchased tens of millions of vaccine doses from private companies. They are also critical of the government for not yet giving financial support to an international fund to help poor countries receive an […]

Indigenous genocide finding hangs over Canada’s Myanmar court intervention

Sep 6 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Cries of the pot calling the kettle black are emerging after Canada joined an international genocide lawsuit against Myanmar, because the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls said Canada's Indigenous Peoples are genocide victims. Canada and the Netherlands announced with great fanfare this week that they were joining the genocide […]

Canada mulls global vaccine contribution as Trump turns back on alliance

Sep 2 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Canada expects to make a financial contribution to the international vaccine coalition known as COVAX, the federal government says, aiming to equitably distribute an eventual COVID-19 vaccine to poorer countries that couldn't afford it. The decision contrasts with Tuesday's move by the Trump administration to have the United States opt out of the alliance of […]

Champagne bursts COVID-19 cocoon, butting heads abroad with Lebanon and China

Aug 27 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Canada's foreign minister was bound for London for private talks with a trusted ally after butting heads with leading figures from Lebanon and China, capping a bubble-bursting, four-country tour amid an unprecedented global pandemic. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne met face to face Thursday with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in Beirut, exhorting him […]

Canadian company urges human trials after COVID-19 vaccine results in mice

Aug 5 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — A Canadian company is telling the government today that its trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine on animals completely blocked the virus, but it must conduct human trials to know whether it has found a possible cure for the pandemic. And a leading health-care expert says the findings are promising even though they haven't […]

Air Force, UN food agency tackle skyrocketing COVID-19 hunger in Latin America

Aug 1 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — The head of the UN World Food Program says the COVID-19 crisis has dramatically increased the number of starving people in Latin America, which could trigger a refugee exodus to North America if not addressed. David Beasley, the agency's director, issued the warning as the Royal Canadian Air Force began Saturday to prepare to end its […]

Tam says feds, experts discussing COVID-19 vaccine orders amid concerns of delay

Jul 28 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Active discussions are taking place to potentially pre-order COVID-19 vaccine doses for Canadians, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Tuesday. She said an independent vaccine task force is advising the government on options for Canada's choice of vaccine, including exploring the possibility of manufacturing a potential cure for COVID-19 at home. […]

Iran shootdown of plane carrying Canadians ‘illegal,’ says Ukraine minister

Jul 24 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — A Ukraine minister says a preliminary analysis of flight recorders has revealed that Iran illegally shot down a passenger jet from his country over Tehran. Yevhenii Yenin, Ukraine's deputy foreign minister, made the declaration in a Twitter post Friday. A spokeswoman for the Ukrainian embassy in Ottawa confirmed the legitimacy of the tweet but […]

Tam to young people: stop spreading COVID-19, don’t infect parents, elders

Jul 24 2020 — Mike Blanchfield — OTTAWA — Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam is doubling down on warnings to young Canadians to stop fuelling the spread of the novel coronavirus. Tam delivered that pre-weekend warning — one week after her deputy Dr. Howard Njoo did the same — because of the worrying trend of rising infections among people aged 20 to […]