Global National Full Headlines for December 7

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Published on December 8, 2021 by

Restrictions are returning to Ontario’s Windsor region, as fears rise COVID-19 cases will surge again throughout the province. Eric Sorensen has Ontario’s latest pandemic projections, the uncertainty over the Omicron variant’s impact and what experts say needs to be done to control the spread of the virus.

Canada’s tighter restrictions to fight the Omicron variant also continue to frustrate travellers. Some are now complaining about the conditions at government-run quarantine hotels. Heather Yourex-West reports on the criticism and how at least one expert believes it’s time to shift to a cheaper strategy, which is just as effective.

Although the data still needs to be scrutinized, Quebec company Medicago says its latest trial suggests the COVID-19 vaccine it has produced with GlaxoSmithKline is showing promise. Jamie Mauracher explains where the Canadian-made shot is now in the approval process and its implications beyond this country.

Plus, a delegation of Canada’s Indigenous leaders is postponing an upcoming trip to the Vatican due to the Omicron variant. The group was supposed to meet with Pope Francis about residential schools. Abigail Bimman explains when the trip could be rescheduled to.

Meanwhile, as concerns grow over Russian troops amassing near Ukraine, U.S. President Joe Biden held a rare two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the matter. Jackson Proskow reports on Biden’s warning to Putin if the Kremlin pursues a full-blown invasion.

And Instagram is rolling out a new feature, encouraging users to take breaks. The new notification is aimed at protecting productivity and mental health, especially for its youngest users. But as Ross Lord reports, some experts believe it’s more of a gimmick than a valuable tool.

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