Here are answers to 6 burning questions about COVID-19 vaccines
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(Tina Hesman Saey, Jonathan Lambert/ Science News) — The recent success of some coronavirus vaccines in late-stage clinical trials has inched us closer to the end of the pandemic — a glimmer of hope in a long year of living with the virus.

Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is gearing up to consider emergency use authorization  …

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Photos: The Reality of the Current Coronavirus Surge
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(Alan Taylor/ The Atlantic) — As the number of cases of COVID-19 worldwide nears 65 million, and the number of deaths attributed to the disease approaches 1.5 million, many countries are enduring a crushing surge in numbers.

The toll on health-care workers, families, and the victims of the disease has been enormous.

Gathered  …

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Healthcare workers are still coming under attack during the coronavirus pandemic
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(Sophie Roborgh, Larissa Fast/ The Conversation) — From balconies, windows and door fronts around the world, citizens are applauding healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 response for their commitment and care.

Despite these visible shows of support, all is not well – because in addition to the risks of   …

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Health Canada approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
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(John Paul Tasker/ CBC News) — The federal government has given the green light to the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, a key step toward launching the largest inoculation campaign in Canada’s history.

Health Canada announced the approval Wednesday after scientists finished a two-month review  …

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How the health system is addressing vaccine hesitancy
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(Sarah Bridge and Ioanna Roumeliotis/ CBC News) — Tanya Hayles is not an anti-vaxxer. The Torontonian has made sure her eight-year-old son Jackson is up to date with the standard vaccines, and she, too, has been inoculated.

“There are diseases that we were able to eradicate as a result of vaccines,” she said.  …

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How the pandemic is contributing to your insomnia
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(Matt Villano/ CNN Health) — Sleeping during the Covid-19 pandemic has become a nightmare for Aparna Aswani.

Between cooling off from the stress of the workday and managing her anxiety from reading about the pandemic and politics, she’s lucky to turn in before midnight. Once the 44-year-old marketing executive
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‘Perfect storm’: Growing calls to address domestic violence during coronavirus
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(Saba Aziz/ Global News) — Women facing a spike in domestic violence in Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic need more support from the government and provincial authorities, shelter homes and experts say.

A new national report published by Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) on Wednesday to coincide   …

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Period poverty: Scotland first in world to make period products free
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(Claire Diamond/ BBC Scotland News) — Scotland has become the first country in the world to make period products free for all. MSPs unanimously approved the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill on Tuesday. There is now a legal duty on local authorities to ensure that free items such as tampons and sanitary

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Anxiety Might Speed Alzheimer’s: Study
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(Amy Norton/ HealthDay News) — Older adults with memory problems may progress to Alzheimer’s more quickly if they are also suffering from anxiety symptoms, a preliminary study suggests.

It’s common for people with Alzheimer’s disease to have mood symptoms, including anxiety and depression.

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Air quality in Quebec schools: Secret tests show ventilation issues that favour COVID-19 spread
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(The Canadian Press/ CTV News) — Three quarters of Montreal-area classrooms tested as part of a small “secret project” show significant ventilation issues favouring COVID-19 transmission, a group of doctors and experts has found.

The COVID-STOP group recruited 12 teachers to test the air in 25 classrooms  …

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