The Current

The Current for May 13, 2021

Today on The Current: Examining whether cash and other incentives can ease COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy; UNHCR’s Kelly Clements says Canada can do more to help refugees from Central America; Ontario's sick day plan "not enough" for essential workers, says Dr. Amanpreet Brar; and author Lauren McKeon on the pandemic’s impact on women.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

Some U.S. states are offering people incentives to get a COVID-19 vaccine, including $100 US in West Virginia, and the chance to win $1 million US in Ohio. Here in Canada, some companies are offering cash bonuses to workers who get vaccinated, and Saskatchewan is linking reopening to vaccination rates. Matt Galloway discusses that province's plan with Dr. Alex Wong, an infectious diseases specialist in Regina. And we talk about the best ways to increase vaccine uptake with Tim Caulfield, Canada research chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta, and Maya Goldenberg, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Guelph.

Plus, as more and more migrants and refugees arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly Clements has been touring their home countries. She joins us to discuss what they need, and what Canada can do to help avoid a humanitarian crisis.

Then, we return to Brampton, Ont., a city hit hard by the pandemic. Dr. Amanpreet Brar has become an advocate for the people of that area. She tells us how essential workers and health-care providers are holding up, and whether enough is being done to help them.

And Lauren McKeon, author of Women of the Pandemic, tells us why in many ways the story of COVID-19 is the story of women.