ONTARIO ICU NURSES SAY DOCTORS ARE GETTING 10 TIMES THEIR PAY FOR SIMILAR WORK

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Deepi Saharan, an intensive care unit nurse in Toronto, received support from thousands of people when she posted about the wage difference between doctors and nurses during the pandemic. She pointed out that some physicians earn as much as $450 an hour in ICUs while nurses are paid $33-$48 an hour. Last April, nurses and other front-line workers received increased compensation for four months. Though this increase in hourly rate ended last August, doctors are still receiving temporary pandemic pay. Nikki Skillen, another ICU nurse, said that many nurses are reconsidering their profession or wondering about moving to the US where the pay is better. [CBC News][By Emily Ma]

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400 VACCINATED IN DRACULA’S CASTLE

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A new initiative in Romania to get more people vaccinated has seen the historical Bran Castle, supposedly the home of Dracula in Bram Stoker’s eponymous novel, giving free vaccines to tourists. The castle’s marketing manager Alexandru Priscu added that not only do people receive “vaccination diplomas”, but they also “benefit with free entry to the torture rooms, which have 52 medieval torture instruments.” [AP] [By Kevin Wang] 

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RISK OF BLOOD CLOTS TIED TO ASTRAZENECA SHOT NOW ESTIMATED AT 1 IN 55,000 IN CANADA

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An unpredictable supply of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and concerns regarding the increased risk of rare but severe blood clots have brought the future use of the vaccine into question. The first province to confirm that it would stop administering first doses of the vaccine was Alberta due to a scarcity of supply. Instead, mRNA like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be prioritized as existing AstraZeneca vaccines will be reserved for second doses. Ontario also announced that due to the rising rate of the serious blood clotting condition known as VITT (which is connected to the shot), Ontario would not offer AstraZeneca vaccines as a first dose either. [CBC News][By Emily Ma]