Nicole Ireland

Nicole Ireland is a CBC News journalist with a special interest in health and social justice stories. Based in Toronto, she has lived and worked in Thunder Bay, Ont.; Iqaluit, Nunavut; and Beirut, Lebanon.

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The WHO says we must work together to fight monkeypox. African doctors are skeptical

Even though many Africans have suffered from monkeypox over the last five decades, global health experts worry they still won't have equal access to vaccination or treatment as rich countries scramble to battle their first cases.

COVID-19 boosters recommended for the fall, Canada's vaccine advisory body says

People at high risk of severe disease from COVID-19 infection should be offered a booster shot this fall, regardless of how many boosters they've previously received, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization said on Wednesday.  
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What's the monkeypox vaccine and who should get it?

Although monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox, the vaccine approved for use in Canada is different from the jabs used to eradicate smallpox last century.

Scientists, doctors try to fill gaps in COVID-19 risk information amid decrease in reliable data

As the Omicron variant fuels a surge in COVID-19 infections, a decline in testing and less frequent appearances by provincial public health officials has left many people without accurate information to help them assess their risk, experts say.

How do I get the COVID-19 medication Paxlovid?

Paxlovid needs to be taken within five days of the development of COVID-19 symptoms to help prevent at-risk patients from deteriorating to the point of hospitalization.

Vulnerable adolescents 12 to 17 years old should get COVID-19 booster shots, NACI says

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization now recommends an mRNA booster shot for adolescents with several underlying medical conditions, those living in congregate housing and those who are racialized or marginalized and disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
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People say they want COVID-19 to become 'endemic.' But what does that really mean?

Canada is not yet at a stage where people can live with the coronavirus and return to normal activities and it's dangerous to misuse the word "endemic" to suggest that, infectious disease experts and epidemiologists warn.

Doctors call for help as hospitals battle surgical backlogs, staffing shortages

There is a backlog of hundreds of thousands of surgical procedures, and it will take at least $1.3 billion in additional funding to get wait times back to what they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Medical Association says.

Canada's mask guidance has changed. Here's why you might need an upgrade

Many doctors, engineers and scientists say the Public Health Agency of Canada's shift toward recommending medical masks and respirators over cloth masks is due to increased acknowledgement of aerosol transmission.

Doctors say the kids' COVID-19 vaccine is a booster for mental health

Pediatric experts say the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged five to 11 will not only protect them against infection, but also help relieve skyrocketing children's mental health struggles.