Raisa Patel

Raisa is a writer and producer with CBC's Parliamentary Bureau. You can contact her by email at raisa.patel@cbc.ca or on Twitter at @R_SPatel.

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Ottawa chose not to exercise option to buy 16 million more doses of Moderna vaccine

The federal government has chosen not to exercise its option to buy up to 16 million more doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, Procurement Minister Anita Anand's office told CBC News late Sunday.

U.S. paid 'horrible price' for failing to halt Capitol siege, former defence secretary says

A former U.S. defence secretary says he’s “shocked” that Wednesday’s siege of Capitol Hill wasn’t met with a stronger security presence and worried about what that could mean for president-elect Joe Biden’s impending inauguration.

Ottawa 'actively looking' into loophole that allows quarantining travellers to get sickness benefit

The federal government says it's “actively looking” at options to address a loophole in the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit that could see returning travellers receive up to $1,000 for missing work due to quarantine requirements.

Tam cautions Canadians on their alcohol intake in year-end message

On a day frequently marked by celebrations involving large amounts of alcohol, Canada's chief public health officer is again asking Canadians to go easy on the drinking as they turn the page on 2020.

Air travellers entering Canada must soon have a negative COVID-19 test before arriving, Ottawa says

Air passengers entering Canada will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arriving in the country, the federal government announced today.

Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine could ship to Canada within 24 hours of approval, exec says

Canada is well positioned to approve Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine soon — and it will be shipped to the country very soon after that, a BioNTech executive says

The fight by First Nations to save an Arctic refuge from drilling is running out of time

The Gwich'in are once again facing down a threat to their way of life, as outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump makes a last-ditch effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration before he leaves office.

Distribution, lack of national registry top hurdles for Canada's COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Vaccine distribution, the inability to pull off a mass campaign that could spark crowds and the absence of a national immunization registry are among the top hurdles facing Canada's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, says the head of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

Canada, U.K. strike transitional post-Brexit trade deal

Negotiations between Canada and the United Kingdom to hammer out the terms of their post-Brexit trade deal have concluded, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video released to the media Saturday morning.

Bob Rae calls on UN to investigate evidence of genocide against China's Uighur minority

Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations says he’s called on the organization’s Human Rights Council to investigate whether China’s persecution of Uighurs in Xinjiang province should be considered an act of genocide.