The Current

The Current for Jan. 6, 2021

Today on The Current: Experts answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccines; CNN host Fareed Zakaria on life might be like in a post-pandemic world; we look at online tools to help you connect with family and friends; and a new cookbook highlights recipes from refugees, and the tastes and cultures they bring to Canada.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

How will Canadians know when it's their turn to get the vaccine? Will there be a 24-hour rollout? We put listener questions about the COVID-19 vaccines and their rollout to Dr. Lisa Barrett, a clinician scientist with expertise in infectious disease and immunology at Dalhousie University, and Dr. Gerald Evans, an infectious disease specialist at Queen's University and Kingston Health Sciences Centre.

Plus, what will post-pandemic life be like? Fareed Zakaria says the answer is up to us. The author and CNN host discusses his new book Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World, and what our "new normal" could be, from work and globalization to our relationship with the natural world, and each other.

Then, it's been a long time since Canadians have been able to safely get together at big gatherings with family and friends, and you might be starting to get sick of group video calls. No worries — there's an app for that. Or apps. Montreal artist Marie Claire Leblanc Flanagan shows us some safe, creative and fun ways for people to connect online.

And a new cookbook from the UN Refugee Agency in Canada shares recipes from refugees who have made this country their home — highlighting the tastes and aromas that connect them to the homes they left behind. We talk to three contributors, Aya Wadi, Yasmen de Leon, and Rivka Augenfeld about the recipes and the cultures they're sharing.