Global National: Jan. 23, 2021 | Canadian-made rapid COVID-19 test approved for use


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In our top story: There is some positive news in the fight against COVID-19. An Ottawa-made rapid test has finally been approved for use. The Spartan Cube promises to deliver results in less than an hour. It was touted as a game-changer at the beginning of the pandemic, but there was a problem and it took months to meet Health Canada’s standards. As Abigail Bimman reports, it’s one tool to fight what remains a major health crisis.

The race to vaccinate more Americans against COVID-19 is on. President Joe Biden has set the ambitious goal of 100 million shots being administered in his first 100 days in office. In order to do that, the U.S. will need to ramp up vaccine production and distribution. As Jennifer Johnson explains, it’s also contending with new variants surfacing across the country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is standing behind the process used to appoint now former Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, who resigned as Canada’s vice-regal on Thursday. The stunning move followed reports of a scathing independent review into allegations of a toxic work environment under Payette’s watch at Rideau Hall. Mercedes Stephenson has more on the government’s response to the resignation.

It’s election season in Newfoundland and Labrador. The province is going to the polls next month in the latest election campaign to take place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Three other provincial governments took the same gamble and it paid off with each receiving majority mandates. But as Ross Lord explains, the governing Liberals’ timing of the election call is raising eyebrows.

The people interviewed by Larry King over his decades-long career are remembering him after he died Saturday at the age of 87. The broadcaster conducted an estimated 50,000 on-air interviews. His cause of death has not been released, but he was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month. He was known for his trademark suspenders and his ability to get notoriously elusive guests. Here’s a look back at his legendary career.

The two vaccines approved for use in Canada have a fascinating backstory. They use a genetic technology scientists have been working on for years. It’s called messenger RNA, or mRNA. Scientists knew it held promise and when COVID-19 hit, they ramped up research and cracked the code. The results are the first mRNA vaccines approved for use in humans and as Dawna Friesen explains, the technology could revolutionize the field of vaccines.

Employees at a Vancouver thrift store were sorting through donation bags when they came across a hidden treasure: $85,000 in cash. As Nadia Stewart reports, it’s what happened next that has everyone talking.

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