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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Protect Canadians from another COVID-19 wave by ramping up vaccination in developing countries, experts say
With an average of one per cent of people vaccinated with at least one dose in the world's poorest countries, 'variant factories' threaten Canada's progress in the battle against COVID-19, doctors and scientists say.
Will Canada have COVID booster shots this year? Probably, but not for everyone, experts say
Canadian physicians and scientists say a third dose will likely be helpful for people who are most vulnerable to illness.
Ontario stands firm on 12-week interval for AstraZeneca doses — against experts' advice
Citing the need for speed against the growing threat of the coronavirus delta variant, infectious diseases specialists say the wait for a second dose should only be eight weeks, regardless of what kind of vaccine people got as their first dose.
Pandemic has left backlog of almost 16 million medical procedures in Ontario, doctors say
The COVID-19 pandemic has left an estimated backlog of 15.9 million surgeries in Ontario, including MRIs, cataract surgeries, joint replacements and coronary bypass surgeries, according to the Ontario Medical Association. Doctors say they're also worried about a decline in preventative screenings.
Worried about heart inflammation and COVID-19 vaccines? Here's what we know
Some researchers believe adolescent males and young men can, in rare cases, develop myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, after their second shot of an mRNA vaccine.
A year into pandemic, long-haul COVID-19 sufferers still struggle to get care
With provincial and federal governments focused on urgent pandemic priorities such as vaccination, prevention and acute care, people suffering debilitating symptoms in the aftermath of their COVID-19 infections are left with few care options and left out of the majority of pandemic-related planning and spending, some experts say.
Why some long-term care staff have hesitated to get COVID-19 vaccines
As COVID-19 vaccination appointments book up five days in advance in some parts of Ontario, many people are surprised to learn that about a quarter of long-term care workers — who have been eligible since December — have not yet gotten their shots.
Here's how community groups are getting COVID-19 vaccinations to Indigenous people in Canada's largest city
Toronto has the largest population of Indigenous people in Ontario. Indigenous health-care workers and community groups are working to get them vaccinated against COVID-19 — a tougher challenge in a big city than in remote First Nations.
With most long-term care residents vaccinated, restoring their quality of life is urgent, experts say
Many family members are asking why their loved ones in long-term care continue to live under tight COVID-19 restrictions even after they've been vaccinated. Doctors say giving seniors back some normalcy in their lives while keeping them safe is an urgent priority.
Advocates urge Ontario government to fill potential gap in new human trafficking bill
Human traffickers use hotels and short-term accommodations, such as Airbnb, to exploit their victims, but it's unclear whether new legislation would apply to both types of lodging.