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China quarantines college students under strict COVID policy

China quarantines college students under strict COVID policy

BEIJING (AP) — Almost 500 students at China’s premier college for broadcast journalists have been sent to a quarantine center after a handful of COVID-19 cases were detected in their dormitory.
Health Canada approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids six months to four years old

Health Canada approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids six months to four years old

OTTAWA — Health Canada approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine today for use in children between six months and four years old.

Bob Bryan acting US Davis Cup captain; Fish has COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish will miss the group stage matches in Glasgow, Scotland, next week because he got COVID-19, and Bob Bryan will fill in as acting captain.
Ontario receives first doses of bivalent vaccine: health minister

Ontario receives first doses of bivalent vaccine: health minister

TORONTO — Ontario's health minister says the province has received its first limited shipment of the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine that protects against the Omicron variant.
Transat A.T. says winter travel season on track to match pre-pandemic levels

Transat A.T. says winter travel season on track to match pre-pandemic levels

MONTREAL — Transat A.T. Inc. reported a third-quarter loss that was smaller than a year ago as it said it is on track for a winter travel season that promises to match pre-pandemic levels.
Philippines ending compulsory mask wearing outdoors

Philippines ending compulsory mask wearing outdoors

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Ontario needs to develop strategy to manage long COVID, science table says

Ontario needs to develop strategy to manage long COVID, science table says

TORONTO — Ontario needs a proactive and comprehensive strategy to deal with long COVID, which is likely to impart a significant burden on the province's population and its health-care system, the recently disbanded science table reported Wednesday.
Omicron vaccine available in Quebec starting Thursday, not recommended for under 30

Omicron vaccine available in Quebec starting Thursday, not recommended for under 30

MONTREAL — Quebec public health officials say the new COVID-19 vaccine that targets the Omicron variant will be available at vaccination centres starting Thursday at noon, but they add that the shot is not recommended for people under 30.
New York drops mask requirement on public transportation

New York drops mask requirement on public transportation

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state is dropping its mask requirement on public transportation thanks in part to the availability of new booster shots targeting the most common strain of COVID-19, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday.
WHO: COVID cases drop everywhere, but pandemic not over

WHO: COVID cases drop everywhere, but pandemic not over

GENEVA (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases fell everywhere in the world last week by about 12%, according to the World Health Organization's latest weekly review of the pandemic issued Wednesday. The U.N.