MARCH 30 2021: NACI ASTRAZENECA RECOMMENDATION & MOUNTING ICU PRESSURES AMID THIRD WAVE
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STRATEGY PANEL: NACI’S ASTRAZENECA RECOMMENDATION, AND AG REPORT ON CANADA’S PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Jane Brown is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. She is joined by John Capobianco, Conservative strategist, Senior Vice President & Senior Partner, FleishmanHillard HighRoad, Karen Stintz, CEO of Variety Village and Bob Richardson, Liberal Strategist and Senior Council to National Public Relations.

In the news: NACI is now recommending that AstraZeneca not be administered to adults under the age of 55 due to safety concerns around rare instances of blood clots. Meanwhile, we get the panel’s take on the province’s vaccine rollout which has been ramping up in recent weeks. We discuss what’s working and what isn’t. Also, Auditor General Karen Hogan released a scathing report about Canada’s pandemic response. Finally, we discuss the relationship between Toronto Sun journalist Brian Lilley and Premier Doug Ford’s top communications person, Ivana Yelich.

MORE ON NACI’S ASTRAZENECA RECOMMENDATION & NAVIGATING THE THIRD WAVE

Jane Brown is joined by Dr. Alon Vaisman,  Infectious Diseases, Infection Control Physician at the University Health Network.

As mentioned in our first segment, NACI is now recommending that AstraZeneca not be administered to Canadians under the age of 55 due to safety concerns pertaining to rare occurrences of blood clots. Will this heighten vaccine hesitancy? And, as the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the province and we navigate a third wave, Dr. Vaisman provides some tips on how we can help curb the spread.

ONTARIO HOSPITAL ICUS CONTINUE TO FACE MOUNTING PRESSURES AMID THIRD WAVE

Jane Brown is joined by Kerry Bowman, a bioethicist at the University of Toronto and Dr. Steve Flindall, an emergency physician in York Region.

As we navigate the third wave and daily cases of COVID-19 continue to climb, emergency physicians are voicing their concerns about mounting pressures hospitals are facing. And we have a much needed discussion about Ontario’s patient triage plan.

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