Omicron

Canadians’ Confidence in Personal Finances, Debt Repayment Abilities Reaches Lowest Level Ever Recorded

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Monday, January 17, 2022 - 11:03am

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canadians are showing record-low confidence levels when it comes to their personal finances and debt repayment abilities. The MNP Consumer Debt Index, now in its 19th wave, has reached the lowest point since inception, plummeting seven points since last quarter to 88 points. Conducted quarterly by Ipsos on behalf of MNP LTD, the Index tracks Canadians’ attitudes about their debt situation and their ability to meet their monthly payment obligations.

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  • CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canadians are showing record-low confidence levels when it comes to their personal finances and debt repayment abilities.
  • The MNP Consumer Debt Index, now in its 19th wave, has reached the lowest point since inception, plummeting seven points since last quarter to 88 points.
  • Fewer than three in ten (27%, -2pts) are confident in their ability to cope with life-changing events without increasing their debt burden.
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OPEN LETTER FROM DOCTORS IN THE TRANSPORTATION AND TOURISM SECTOR

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Monday, January 17, 2022 - 11:00am

Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., Minister of Health; Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada; Hon.

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  • Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., Minister of Health; Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada; Hon.
  • There is a growing discrepancy between resources allocated to asymptomatic travellers and to those who need it most.
  • Travellers who are asymptomatic after receiving their negative pre-departure test before travel to Canada should not be required to isolate.
  • Now is the time to put scarce testing resources where Canadians need them most: in our communities and not in our airports.

Nexla Announces Withdrawal From the NRF Conference and Predicts 2022 to Become the Most Innovative Retail Year in History

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Saturday, January 15, 2022 - 9:00pm

The NRF is a highly respected retail industry organization and its annual conference is the premier event of the year for leading retailers across the U.S. and globally.

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  • The NRF is a highly respected retail industry organization and its annual conference is the premier event of the year for leading retailers across the U.S. and globally.
  • The NRF conference has attracted the nation's leading retailers (Target, Best Buy, Lowe's) and hosted up to 40,000 participants annually prior to the pandemic.
  • With the pandemic spiking participation is expected to fall by nearly 80% to as low as 8,000 attendees.
  • Nexla is a Gartner 2021 Cool Vendor award recipient and its customers include Bed, Bath & Beyond, Poshmark, LinkedIn, Freshworks, and Instacart.

Advocates for More Than 1 Million Health Care Workers & Patients Call for Emergency Measures Needed to Address the Health Care Staffing Crisis

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Friday, January 14, 2022 - 10:37pm

Our provinces health care system is not on the brink of crisis, it is in crisis.

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  • Our provinces health care system is not on the brink of crisis, it is in crisis.
  • In the pandemic, the staffing crisis has become a full-blown emergency, made worse by inadequate PPE and safety protections for workers.
  • The Ontario government must urgently address the immediate emergency in staffing, begin measures to address the pre-existing severe staffing shortages, and set conditions of work that will stabilize our hospitals, long-term care & home care to provide the health care that Ontarians need.
  • We represent more than one million Ontarians on the front lines of the crisis, as health care professionals and workers, as patients, residents and families.

NACDS Advises Consumers on Over-the-Counter COVID Tests at Retail Pharmacies

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Friday, January 14, 2022 - 10:55pm

"The fact is that the supply of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests will remain limited, and these tests may not be immediately available at every pharmacy.

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  • "The fact is that the supply of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests will remain limited, and these tests may not be immediately available at every pharmacy.
  • Simply put, communication of 'free' over-the-counter COVID-19 tests does not mean they will be 'freely available' at the beginning.
  • Chains operate over 40,000 pharmacies, and NACDS' over 80 chain member companies include regional chains, with a minimum of four stores, and national companies.
  • NACDS members also include more than 900 supplier partners and over 70 international members representing 21 countries.

Top Private Testing Lab: As Omicron Sweeps Iowa, GS Labs Experiences Sustained Surge in Patients Seeking Rapid Tests

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Friday, January 14, 2022 - 9:06pm

GS Labs, a leading provider of COVID-19 rapid tests across the United States, last week performed more than 2,000 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests in Des Moines.

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  • GS Labs, a leading provider of COVID-19 rapid tests across the United States, last week performed more than 2,000 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests in Des Moines.
  • For the week, GS Labs Iowa tests had a positivity rate of 29 percent, up from 23 percent the week before.
  • Since Thanksgiving in Iowa, GS Labs has experienced a surge in patients seeking COVID-19 tests.
  • GS Labs testing sites are open seven days a week and each site can test up to 1,000 patients per day.

Top Private Testing Lab: As Omicron Sweeps Washington, GS Labs Experiences Sustained Surge in Patients Seeking Rapid Tests

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Friday, January 14, 2022 - 4:53pm

GS Labs, a leading provider of COVID-19 rapid tests across the United States, last week performed more than 14,700 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests at its five locations statewide.

Key Points: 
  • GS Labs, a leading provider of COVID-19 rapid tests across the United States, last week performed more than 14,700 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests at its five locations statewide.
  • For the week, GS Labs Washington tests had a positivity rate of 25.8 percent, up from 22.6 percent the week before and 3.5 percent during Thanksgiving week.
  • Since Thanksgiving in Washington, GS Labs has experienced a 140 percent surge in residents seeking COVID-19 tests.
  • GS Labs testing sites are open seven days a week and each site can conduct up to 1,000 tests per day.

Top Private Testing Lab Sees 65% Surge In Tests Since Thanksgiving As COVID Positivity Rates Rise To 26% Nationally

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Friday, January 14, 2022 - 4:52pm

During the first week of the new year, the company performed more than 49,000 rapid antigen tests, an increase of 65 percent as compared to Thanksgiving week.

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  • During the first week of the new year, the company performed more than 49,000 rapid antigen tests, an increase of 65 percent as compared to Thanksgiving week.
  • For the week, GS Labs rapid antigen tests had a 26 percent positivity rate, up from 22 percent the previous week and only 8 percent during Thanksgiving week.
  • "Even as home rapid tests are virtually impossible to find, we do have open appointments for those in need of this critical medical information."
  • GS Labs continues to have testing capacity at its testing sites in Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon and Washington.

Achiko AG Reports Breakthrough Calibration Results for its AptameX™ Covid-19 Rapid Test Technology

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Friday, January 14, 2022 - 12:30pm

Most rapid tests may tout a high sensitivity result where the CT values are under 25.

Key Points: 
  • Most rapid tests may tout a high sensitivity result where the CT values are under 25.
  • "The improved sensitivity and specificity results announced by Achiko following completion of calibration testing on its SARS-CoV2 rapid test kit is a significant milestone, stated AptameX inventor Dr. Michael Edel.
  • The companys lead product is a rapid, reliable Covid-19 test with a companion app offering a user-friendly digital health passport.
  • Achiko creates and develops aptamer-based diagnostics through its biotechnology division, AptameXand companion health apps via its digital mobile health technology division, Teman Sehat.

VVV Resources Limited: Notice of AGM

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Friday, January 14, 2022 - 8:02am

VVV Resources Limited (AQSE: VVV), quoted on the AQSE Growth Market, is pleased to announce that notice convening the Company's Annual General Meeting, to be held at 213 B Flat 4 Hitchin Road Luton Beds LU2 0EQ at 10:00 a.m. on 4 February 2022, has been posted to shareholders.

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  • VVV Resources Limited (AQSE: VVV), quoted on the AQSE Growth Market, is pleased to announce that notice convening the Company's Annual General Meeting, to be held at 213 B Flat 4 Hitchin Road Luton Beds LU2 0EQ at 10:00 a.m. on 4 February 2022, has been posted to shareholders.
  • The notice of AGM can be found at: https://www.vvvltd.com/
    In accordance with the UK Government's guidelines in response to the risks of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 (the "Plan B Announcement"), that people work from home wherever possible, shareholders are requested not to attend the AGM in person.
  • The AGM will be held as a closed meeting.
  • Instructions for voting by proxy are set out in the notes at the end of the notice of AGM and on the proxy card sent to shareholders.