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  1. Rich countries should help lower-income countries emerge out of the pandemic, a senior World Health Organization official says
  2. Canada plans to drop the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for people entering the country by the end of September – and U.S. lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to follow
  3. As the COVID-19 recovery continues, there have been hopeful signs in recent months that prime-age workers – those aged 25 to 54 – are finally re-entering the labour force in Canada. In America, that cohort of workers is disappearing

An increasing number of health agencies have changed how they're reporting data on the coronavirus. A look at the current numbers in Canada for reported cases, deaths from COVID-19 and for hospitalizations can be found here.

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Pandemic recovery

  • There’s one large and widening difference between American and Canadian job markets: Millions of prime-working-age Americans – those aged 25 to 54 – are missing from the labour force, even as that same cohort in Canada continues to grow. The pandemic has only exacerbated the opposing trends.
  • The number of Canada’s international arrivals increased in July but has yet to recover to pre-pandemic levels, Statistics Canada says. The agency says Canadians made about six times more trips than a year earlier. Like U.S. visitors, however, that number was still below July 2019 levels, with about 64 per cent of that month’s volume.

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Globe opinion

André Picard: Governments got an F for their pandemic responses – but will they learn from their multiple mistakes?

The Editorial Board: Want to help Canada’s overwhelmed health care system? Get your COVID-19 booster shot

First Person: Cancer during COVID-19 freed me to drop the ‘bucket list’ and just live

J. Kelly Nestruck: Are Canadian theatre companies luring audiences (and staff) back this fall?

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