H1N1 swine flu
It's the story we've been leading with most of the morning, and is indeed one of the issues the entire country is focused on at the moment. Today is the rollout for the H1N1 vaccine in Canada. South of the border, Americans are behind in being able to produce and deploy the inoculation.
There's also been a fierce debate - here and in the U.S. - over whether this whole thing has been blown out of proportion. Whether health officials, and the media, are making too much of this.
Yesterday, Dr Donald Low, the Chief Microbiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and an infections disease expert, was on CBC News Network, answering questions from viewers and arguing that it's best for everyone to get vaccinated.
We've also posted a list of swine flu misconceptions at our website, as well as all the latest news on the pandemic.
And Foreign Policy's website has a really interesting article. Not trying to scare you or anything, but the author, Robin Cook, argues the world needs to wake up to the real threat of plague, not unlike the famous Black Death of centuries ago.
The debate over whether the response to H1N1 is justified - or overblown - continues.
David Michael Lamb
Senior Producer, World Report.
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