Category Archives: Health

Smithfield Foods to shutter California meat-packing plant

VERNON, Calif. (AP) — Meat-packing giant Smithfield Foods said Friday it will close its only California plant next year, citing the escalating cost of doing business in the state.

Canada suspends random COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travellers at airports

OTTAWA — Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has announced that the government will pause all mandatory random COVID-19 tests at Canada's airports for vaccinated travellers from Saturday until the end of the month. After that, mandatory rapid tests for in...

US buys more monkeypox vaccine as global case count grows

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government is buying more monkeypox vaccine as a surprising international outbreak continues to grow, health officials said Friday. As of Friday,

New Canadian regulations would put warning on each cigarette, not just packaging

Canada is poised to become the first country in the world to require that a warning be printed on every cigarette.  The move builds on Canada's mandate to include graphic photo warnings on tobacco products' packaging — a groundbreaking policy that

Calgary mayor wants province to reverse changes to emergency medical dispatch

CALGARY — The mayor of Calgary wants the Alberta government to reverse its decision to consolidate emergency medical dispatch, but the province says it will wait for the results of two investigations into a delayed ambulance response. Both the city and...

Abortion funds feel frustration, gratitude at ‘rage giving’

Casie Pierce doesn't usually work Fridays. But on the Friday after the draft Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked, Pierce, the development director for a Dallas-based abortion fund, which helps people pay for the procedure and asso...

US lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international travelers test negative for COVID-19 within a day before boarding a flight to the United States, ending one of the last remaining government mandates designed to c...

UK plans to burn billions in wasted pandemic protective gear

LONDON (AP) — The British government plans to burn billions of pounds (dollars) in unusable personal protective equipment purchased in haste during the coronavirus pandemic, a public spending watchdog said Friday.

China calls COVID ‘lab leak’ theory a lie after WHO report

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday attacked the theory that the coronavirus pandemic may have originated as a leak from a Chinese laboratory as a politically motivated lie, after the World Health Organization recommended in its strongest terms yet that

Canada’s SOA commitment: $27M on irregular migration, 4,000 more migrants by 2028

LOS ANGELES — Leaders from across the Americas, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, signed on Friday to what U.S. President Joe Biden called a "historic commitment" to ease the pressure of northward migration.  The agreement, the central accomplis...