Global National Full Headlines for Dec. 2

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Published on December 3, 2021 by

As concerns rise over the Omicron variant, U.S. President Joe Biden has unveiled his strategy for the country to combat COVID-19 this winter, assuring that Americans won’t see heavy lockdowns. Mike Armstrong looks at the new travel measures being imposed, and the efforts to ramp up vaccinations.

In Canada, provinces are rolling out more COVID-19 booster shots to vaccinated Canadians as the country remains focused on battling the still dominant Delta variant. Eric Sorensen reports on what their timelines look like and which provinces are jumping ahead of national guidance as scientists study Omicron.

South Africa is struggling with a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, as the Omicron COVID-19 variant continues to spread there. Crystal Goomansingh explains what scientists are looking for, and how South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is slamming the international response to the variant.

Meanwhile, the rain has subsided and floodwaters are finally receding in hard-hit areas of British Columbia, allowing people to tally up the costly damage in the aftermath of three atmospheric rivers. Mike Drolet speaks with people about the long road ahead.

As Canadians deal with soaring inflation and re-tooled pandemic benefits, Ottawa is set to provide the country’s fiscal update on December 14. Abigail Bimman reports on what to expect.

And when Queen Elizabeth marked 60 years on the throne in 2012, Canada minted 60,000 Diamond Jubilee Medals awarded to people from all walks all of life for their exceptional service. Now, as another jubilee approaches, there are calls to bestow the country’s pandemic front-line workers with the royal recognition. But as David Akin explains, Ottawa has no plans for more medals.

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