Global National Full Headlines for December 8

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Published on December 9, 2021 by

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer claims its COVID-19 vaccine developed with BioNTech can effectively neutralize the Omicron variant after a third dose. Jamie Mauracher looks at the science of how the shot could work against the concerning variant, and what this means for people who have only had two doses.

Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is apologizing for a newly-surfaced video showing his then-press secretary Allegra Stratton joking about a Christmas party held during last year’s lockdown. Crystal Goomansingh reports on the firestorm of criticism the government now faces.

Canada is joining a growing list of countries staging a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, as criticism mounts over China’s record of human rights abuses. Mike Le Couteur reports on what the decision means for Canadian athletes, and why critics say more needs to be done.

While their visit to the Vatican has been postponed due to concerns about the Omicron variant, members of an Indigenous delegation are optimistic the trip will happen. Abigail Bimman explains how they’re using the extra time to finalize their messages to Pope Francis about the cruelty of residential schools.

For 85 years, the Lou Marsh Trophy, named after the sports journalist, has been awarded to Canada’s top athletes, recognizing their impressive achievements. But as Mike Drolet reports, calls are growing to rename the prestigious trophy, due to Marsh’s long history of discrimination.

Plus, as Canada’s housing costs skyrocket, Toronto startup Key is offering people a new model for people to become homeowners. Anne Gaviola explains how co-ownership works, and why some industry analysts are skeptical of the strategy.

And Albertans got a surprise light show after a bright object streaked across the night sky, accompanied by a loud boom. Was it another meteorite? Heather Yourex-West explains why it’s not the first fireball to fly over Western Canada this year.

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