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The late-stage trials of the experimental vaccine, developed with researchers from the University of Oxford, were suspended this week after an illness in a study subject in Britain, casting doubts on an early rollout.

“On 6 September, the standard review process triggered a voluntary pause to vaccination across all global trials to allow review of safety data by independent committees, and international regulators,” AstraZeneca said.

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FridayCalgary mask wearing surged near 90% after city rules kicked in: reportA person wearing a face mask passes by Vine Arts Wine and Spirits on 17 Ave. S.W. where a sign behind the window requires customers to wear a face covering on Friday, July 31, 2020. Tomorrow face coverings in public indoor spaces and vehicles becomes mandatory in Calgary. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Calgarians have overwhelmingly donned masks in public since city council mandated face coverings, according to new city data.

In a city survey done in August, 89 per cent of Calgary residents said they wear a face covering in public spaces like grocery stores and malls — a massive increase compared to just 34 per cent who said they did so before the city’s bylaw took effect on Aug. 1.

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FridayAlberta to allow limited band practices, wind instrument concerts and indoor singingAlberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw. Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia

In a reversal from previous restrictions, the province will allow limited band practices, indoor singing and concerts involving wind instruments, Alberta’s top doctor announced Friday.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that with “rigorous and proper precautions,” the province’s public health officials believe those activities can take place safely.

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Friday‘Major issues’ with contact tracing, says charity volunteer notified nine days after close contactA Meals on Wheels volunteer is questioning Alberta Health Services’ contact-tracing protocols after it took nine days for him to find out he was a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Photo by Postmedia file

A Meals on Wheels volunteer says there are “major issues” with contact tracing in the province after being notified nine days after he was in close contact with a fellow volunteer who tested positive for COVID-19.

Edmund Ferris, who helped the local charity on Aug. 31, said he’s “frustrated” and worried that he may have unknowingly put other people at risk between exposure and notification.

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