Lauren Pelley

Senior Writer

Lauren Pelley is a Senior Writer for CBC News who covers health and medicine, including the COVID-19 pandemic. She's based in Toronto. Contact her at:

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Monkeypox cases under investigation in Canada as outbreak spreads in Europe, U.S.

Health officials in Quebec are investigating more than a dozen cases of suspected monkeypox in Canada, after U.S. and European health officials confirmed rising cases of the rare infectious disease — suggesting a wider outbreak may be happening globally.
Second Opinion

Why COVID is a key suspect in severe hepatitis cases in kids worldwide

Unexplained hepatitis cases among children continue to emerge in Canada and around the world, and while health officials desperately search for a cause of the mysterious illness, researchers are pointing to a possible link to COVID-19.

7 cases of severe acute hepatitis reported at Toronto children's hospital

One of Canada's largest children's hospitals is reporting seven cases of severe acute hepatitis identified in recent months, which may be part of an unexplained outbreak impacting youth in multiple countries, CBC News has learned.

Why COVID-19 and flu could be in a 'tug of war' in the years ahead

With influenza back after a two-year lull, this unusual flu season may offer clues for how COVID and influenza will impact each other in the years ahead, with one theory suggesting these two rival viruses could ebb and flow.

Severe hepatitis of 'unknown origin' in children being investigated in Canada

Public health officials say they're investigating cases of severe liver disease "of unknown origin" among children in Canada, as global scientists race to understand a mysterious hepatitis outbreak that has affected more than 160 children.

Children's hospitals under strain in Canada's 6th COVID-19 wave

As Canada’s sixth wave of COVID-19 continues, hospitals caring for the country’s youngest patients are facing both high patient volumes and high levels of staff off sick.
Second Opinion

Why navigating your COVID risk is now harder than ever

Figuring out where you’re most at risk of catching COVID-19 is more challenging than ever in Canada’s Omicron-fuelled sixth wave. While it may be unrealistic to try to avoid the virus entirely, infectious disease experts say it's also not a good idea to abandon all protections.

Why pharmacare plans keep stalling in Canada — even as research suggests billions in savings

While the federal Liberals have pledged to make progress towards a national pharmacare program through a recent deal with the NDP, health care advocates warn those efforts are moving too slowly — putting people’s health at risk and taking a financial toll on Canada’s hospital system.

Canada's vaccine advisory body recommends 'rapid deployment' of 4th doses for 80+

Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly recommending the "rapid deployment" of second COVID-19 booster shots for seniors aged 80 and up in the community and residents of long-term care and other congregate settings.

Do you need a 4th dose of a COVID-19 vaccine? There's no one-size-fits-all answer

In multiple countries, fourth doses are being explored as a way to ward off waning immunity. So does that mean you should rush out and get another shot if the opportunity arises? Not necessarily.