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Delta variant: What you need to know

As much of Canada begins easing pandemic restrictions, we look into the Delta variant. It’s a COVID-19 strain that’s concerning experts and emerging all over the country, from a hospital in Calgary, hotspots in Ontario and a mine in Nunavut. Global health epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan weighs in on the latest.
Peel Region medical health officer Dr. Lawrence Loh prepares to give an injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at an overnight clinic, at the International Centre, in Mississauga, Ont., on May 16 and 17, 2021. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Many Canadians are feeling a sense of relief as pandemic restrictions ease up and lockdowns end across the country. But with only about eight per cent of the population fully vaccinated, there is growing concern about a new strain of COVID-19 — the delta variant.

It was first identified in India and is now popping up in Canada. So, what exactly do we know about the delta variant? Raywat Deonandan is a global health epidemiologist and an associate professor at the University of Ottawa. He joins us today to explain how concerned we should be.

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