The Current

The Current for Jan. 12, 2021

Today on The Current: Proud Boys, terrorist designations, and the work of deradicalization; Gavi CEO Seth Berkley on getting vaccines to poorer countries; Are we moving fast enough to protect residents in Canada’s long-term care homes; NHL season kicks off tomorrow as pandemic rages on
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

The federal government is considering a terrorist designation for the far-right Proud Boys group. Matt Galloway discusses the influence of the group in Canada, what the designation would mean, and the work of deradicalization, with Amarnath Amarasingam, assistant professor in the School of Religion at Queen's University, and Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab at the American University in Washington, D.C.

Then, the race to vaccinate the world's most vulnerable is on, but what are the hurdles to getting the COVID-19 shots to the world's poorest countries? We discuss what international organizations are up against with Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Plus, with the majority of COVID-19 deaths happening in long-term care homes, why are some residents still not vaccinated? Geriatrician Dr. Nathan Stall talks about whether vaccination efforts are moving too slowly to protect as many residents as possible.

And the NHL season kicks off tomorrow, but teams have already faced problems and delays related to coronavirus concerns. We discuss the upcoming season with Bruce Arthur, sportswriter and columnist for the Toronto Star, and Thomas Drance, senior writer for The Athletic covering the Vancouver Canucks.