Global National Full Headlines for August 2

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Published on August 3, 2021 by

Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination numbers are starting to plateau, despite having enough vaccines to inoculate all eligible Canadians. But thousands of Moderna vaccine doses are about to expire and could end up being wasted. Seán O’Shea explains why some people are refusing to get this shot.

In the United States, despite its vaccination efforts, that country is now facing record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations in several states, as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads and vaccinations stagnate. Jackson Proskow hears from one patient who now deeply regrets not getting inoculated.

Meanwhile at the Tokyo Olympics, Canadian women continue to make history after Team Canada beat Team USA at the women’s soccer semi-finals, ending a 20-year winning streak. As Crystal Goomansingh explains, this will be Canada’s first time at the women’s soccer finals.

Political drama is also unfolding at the Summer Games, as Poland grants Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya a humanitarian visa because she fears for her safety. Redmond Shannon explains what Tsimanouskaya is accusing her team of, and how Belarusian authorities have allegedly tortured critics ever since the country’s disputed 2020 election.

Caryn Lieberman reports on how Canada’s troubled travel agency industry is sending out an SOS to Ottawa, after getting pummelled during the pandemic.

And, Ross Lord explains why marine biologists are warning the small capelin fish now faces extinction, and why that could mean major consequences for Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishing industry and the ocean food chain.

Plus, hordes of grasshoppers have invaded Lethbridge, Alta., terrifying people as the they ravage crops and multiply like never before. Heather Yourex-West looks how climate change is a factor in this population explosion.

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