The Current

The Current for March 3, 2021

Today on The Current: Conflicting recommendations around AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine and over-65s; Dr. Alika Lafontaine becomes first Indigenous president of the Canadian Medical Association; and Ontario is proposing a redesign of how young people age out of the care system.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Health Canada approved the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine Friday, but the National Advisory Committee on Immunization has warned against giving it to people who are 65 or older. And while the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines require two doses, recommended three to four weeks apart, B.C. is pursuing a plan to delay the second dose by four months, in order to vaccinate more people with the initial round. Matt Galloway addresses the confusion some Canadians may be feeling with Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical adviser for Health Canada, and Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, an infectious disease physician at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ont.

Plus, Dr. Alika Lafontaine is the first Indigenous person to be elected as the president of the Canadian Medical Association. He discusses bringing change to the Canadian medical community, and the lessons learned in the pandemic.

And the government of Ontario has extended a moratorium on young people aging out of care at 18, and proposed more changes to help them transition successfully out of the system. We talk to a teen in care, and we hear from Bryant Doradea and Sandra Vena, who have already been through the system. And we discuss the proposed changes with Irwin Elman, the former child and youth advocate for Ontario.