On this episode of Global National: Canada introduces sweeping new travel restrictions as the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus continues to spread. The new measures come as the country records more cases of the concerning variant and more questions are being raised about how well the vaccine works against it. Eric Sorensen explains what could be in store for Canadians this winter and why we’re better off compared to 2020.
As the variant spreads worldwide, the United Kingdom is scrambling to accelerate its vaccine booster campaigns. As Crystal Goomansingh reports, the World Health Organization (WHO) says the emergence and the response toward the new mutation is exposing the need for better vaccine equality worldwide.
Plus, concerns are rising in Abbotsford, B.C. as another atmospheric river soaks the already flood-battered Sumas Prairie region. Heather Yourex-West reports on how local farmers are coping and how local infrastructure is standing up to all the water. Meanwhile, the storm has prompted the closure of some highways, cutting off access to the city of Hope, B.C. Robin Gill looks at the fears for residents and businesses.
As COVID-19 continues to strain Canada’s health-care system, many patients are missing treatment for other health issues. Sometimes, that results in death. From delayed surgeries to worsening chronic issues, Abigail Bimman looks at the deadly toll of these delays.
And most provincial workers are following COVID-19 vaccination mandates, but thousands still aren’t, according to new data. As Ross Lord reports, that’s despite governments extending deadlines and softening hard-line approaches.