The new B.1.1.529 variant and Canada: a COVID-19 development to monitor

In Canada, we have been very fortunate to see a high vaccination rate and a relatively slow increase in SARS-Cov-2 cases compared with other countries. As a case in point, Ontario is seeing 927 new cases today amid a continued gradual reopening process 1. Conversely, countries across Europe like Austria, Slovakia, Netherlands, and Belgium haveContinue reading “The new B.1.1.529 variant and Canada: a COVID-19 development to monitor”

The UK strain that’s come to Canada – a primer

Two weeks before Christmas, BBC reported of a new SARS-Cov-2 variant spreading in Southeastern England1. Termed lineage B117 or VUI-202012/01, this SARS-Cov-2 variant was first identified in Kent County, England on September 20th and reached 1108 cases as of December 13th, 20202. In response to the strain’s emergence, Canada became one of several countries toContinue reading “The UK strain that’s come to Canada – a primer”

PEG and the vaccine: Ensuring safety in SARS-Cov-2 vaccination by monitoring allergic responses

Last evening, an article from Reuters shared by Global News stated that five people who were administered the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech SE experienced an adverse allergic reaction after administration1. Given that Pfizer has already sent the first shipment of 2.9 million doses to multiple locations around the USA2, the rate of anContinue reading “PEG and the vaccine: Ensuring safety in SARS-Cov-2 vaccination by monitoring allergic responses”

“Beware the Ides of March”: Tapping into the potential of tracking SARS-Cov-2 outbreaks using sewage

Here is the link to the promising diagnostics paper I talk about in this blog post. “Beware the Ides of March”. The famous five words from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar foreshadowing the assassination of the Roman Emperor. I was reminded of the quote while watching a Youtube Video detailing the history of the assassination inContinue reading ““Beware the Ides of March”: Tapping into the potential of tracking SARS-Cov-2 outbreaks using sewage”

Pseudo-electricity? No, it’s EET! The real thing!

The link to the awesome paper I discuss in this blog can be found here. It’s behind a paywall, but there’s a wonderful graphical abstract that summarizes the findings of their study. I started out my science career getting my undergraduate degree through a Biology Honours Program. The very first undergraduate course I attended wasContinue reading “Pseudo-electricity? No, it’s EET! The real thing!”