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Good evening, these are the top coronavirus headlines tonight:

Top headlines:

  1. A second vaccine has been approved for kids under five, after Health Canada concluded the benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty vaccine outweigh the potential risks for kids.
  2. Ontario has received its first shipment of the bivalent vaccine, as did Quebec.

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.

COVID-19 updates from Canada and the world

  • As the bivalent vaccines arrive in Canada, there’s increased interest in booster shots. In Quebec, public health director Dr. Luc Boileau told reporters that citizens will have a choice between the older-generation vaccines and the new one, adding that he thinks people will favour the Omicron-targeting bivalent shot. It is not, however, recommended for those under 30.
  • Universities across the country, many of which started classes this week, are demonstrating varying approaches to health measures, including vaccine mandates and masking. These decisions are being met with concern from some faculty and students, who believe restrictions are either too lax or too strict.

Pandemic recovery

As school started in Ontario this week, many families were looking forward to a more “normal” experience – one that included in-person learning and extracurricular activities.

While the busy travel season usually happens over the summer, Patrick Quayle, senior vice President at United Airlines, said at a recent transportation conference that travel bookings, thus far, have defied that historical trend, with no drop off in ticket sales between August and September. As such, travel issues could continue well into the fall.

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For something on the lighter side, Gary Kapelus’ parody COVID-19 videos provide some comic relief for a decidedly unfunny topic. Need some lyrics to sing about waste water? Want to sing about COVID-19 to the tune of “Come On Eileen?” He’s got you covered.

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