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Ministry of Health Media Briefing on COVID-19

Ontario Releases Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

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Canadian Press. Video Shows Public Health Officials Planning for Possible H5N1 Spread, Not 'Gearing Up' for 'Hoax'. June 20, 2024.

Ottawa Citizen. Ontario's Wastewater Testing Program to be Replaced by a Federal Program that is Significantly Smaller. June 6, 2024.

Toronto Star. Ontario to Halt COVID Wastewater Surveillance Program. June 4, 2024.

Global News. H5N1 Bird Flu: Does Canada have Vaccines Ready for an Outbreak? June 3, 2024.

Global News. How Can You Prepare Against Bird Flu as 3rd Case Confirmed in U.S.? May 31, 2024.

Western News. Expert Explainer: Ethical Approaches to Mitigate H5N1 Bird Flu. May 27, 2024.

Western News. Bioethicist Maxwell Smith named first Chair in Applied Public Health at Western. March 26, 2024.

Healthy Debate. Setting the Record Straight: Medical Experts Debunk the Biggest Myths in their Field. March 13, 2024.

Excalibur. Mild Resurgence of COVID-19 Prompts Recommendations from York. October 16, 2023.

CTV News. ER Doctor Challenging 'Toxic Environment' in Ontario Hospital After Secret Investigation Based on Unfounded Murder Allegation. September 26, 2023.

The Hill Times. Public Health Experts, NDP MP Davies Echo Medical Journal’s Call for Inquiry into Canada’s Pandemic Response. August 16, 2023.

Toronto Star. The Ontario Government Offered the Star an Interview with its Top Doctor. At the Last Minute, it was Cancelled. We Found Out the Real Reason Why. May 21, 2023.

SaltWire. We Won’t Take Her, but Alberta Will: Nearly Two Years in, N.S. Clings to Ban on Unvaccinated Health-Care Workers. April 17, 2023.

Science. Do COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Still Make Sense? March 14, 2023.

6ix Buzz. Canadian Hospitals Facing Unprecedented Demand from COVID Vaccine Skeptics for Unvaccinated Blood. February 6, 2023.

National Post. Weekend Posted: The Hunt for Unvaccinated Blood. February 5, 2023.

National Post. COVID Vaccine Skeptics are Asking Canadian Hospitals for Unvaccinated Blood. February 3, 2023.

Global News. WHO to Decide if COVID Remains an Emergency. What Will this Mean for Canada? January 27, 2023.

Toronto Star. Why in Ontario and in Canada, this Became COVID’s Deadliest Year. December 27, 2022.

London Free Press. People are Dying of COVID-19 in Record Numbers. Why Don't We Notice? December 23, 2022.

MedPage Today. Studies Reveal Negative Attitudes Toward the Unvaccinated. December 21, 2022.

CTV News. ‘Telling Us We Are Not Important’: Lack of Permanent Paid Sick Days Making Health-Care Crisis Worse, Say Experts. December 17, 2022.

CTV News. Ontario Hospital Considers Hiring Unvaccinated Nurses, Health-Care Workers to Combat Staffing Shortage. December 9, 2022.

South China Morning Post. China has Launched a New Covid-19 Vaccination Drive, but There’s No Mandate. December 1, 2022.

Global News. How to get Messaging Right on Masks, Vaccines as 'Triple Threat’ of Viruses Swirl. November 20, 2022.

Toronto Star. Should Doug Ford Bring Back Indoor Mask Mandates in Ontario? Experts Say it’s Time. November 10, 2022.

The Hill Times. ‘A Difficult and Delicate Thing’: The Complex History of Health Equity Fuels Coming House Committee Report. October 19, 2022.

Toronto Star. Looking for the Exit: The Beginning of the Pandemic was Clear. But How Will We Know When it's Over? September 26, 2022.

Toronto Star. Is the COVID Pandemic Over? Stakes High as Debate Over ‘The End’ Heats Up. September 25, 2022.

CBC The National. Back to School Challenges for Immunocompromised Students. September 20, 2022.

CBC News. Vulnerable Students, Families Want a Normal School Year Too, But COVID-19 Still Top of Mind. September 17, 2022.

CBC News. The World at Six. September 16, 2022.

Western Alumni Gazette. The Fight to End the Global Pandemic. September 15, 2022.

TVO The Agenda. Does Ontario Still Need Mask and Vaccination Mandates? September 6, 2022.

London Free Press. Western University Must Explain Rationale for COVID Booster Mandate: Experts. August 30, 2022.

CBC Ottawa, Ottawa Morning. Students Protest COVID Mandates at Western University. August 29, 2022.

Globe and Mail. How Much Death, Illness and Disruption from COVID-19 Infections are We Willing to Live With? August 27, 2022.

Ottawa Citizen. Students, Faculty Concerned as Carleton, uOttawa, Algonquin Will Not Require Masks, Vaccination Against COVID-19 for Fall Term. August 24, 2022.

CBC News. Some Western Students Confused Why University Mandated a 3rd COVID-19 Shot After They’d Paid Tuition. August 24, 2022.

National Post. B.C. Upholds Ban on Private Health-Care Clinics, but Case Expected to go to Supreme Court. July 15, 2022.

Nature. Did COVID Vaccine Mandates Work? What the Data Say. July 6, 2022.

Globe and Mail. For Shrinking Minority, Masking Up Creates Tension in Public Spaces as COVID-19 Measures Expire. June 20, 2022.

The Chronicle Herald. Patient Visitor Restrictions Cause Needless Suffering, Doctor Says. May 23, 2022.

The Daily Beast. This New COVID Variant is the Most Unpredictable One Yet. April 3, 2022.

CBC Radio One London, London Morning. Masking Mandates Have Been Lifted for Businesses, Restaurants, Gyms and Schools. But Should You Still Wear One? March 21, 2022.

London Free Press. Individual Choice vs Collective Responsibility? Mask Debate Lingers On. March 10, 2022.

Western News. ‘Because of COVID’: Western Experts Weigh in on Two Years of Pandemic. March 9, 2022.

London Free Press. COVID's Record-Setting One-Day Death Toll, and Our Collective Shrug. February 25, 2022.

JuxtaPod. Vaccine Equity. February 20, 2022.

Radio Canada. Fin du Masque Obligatoire, Une Bataille Entre Politique et Santé Publique. February 18, 2022.

Rogers TV #LdnOnt. The Ethics of Mandatory Vaccination Policies. January 27, 2022.

TBS eFM This Morning (Seoul, South Korea). Ethical Issues Related to Vaccine Mandates. January 26, 2022.

Washington Post. Some Governments have Launched Plans to Fine the Unvaccinated. Experts Caution Against the Approach. January 21, 2022.

CBC The Sunday Magazine. The Rising Ethical Stakes of a Prolonged Pandemic. January 16, 2022.

National Post. How COVID-19 Made Canada Comfortable with Marginalizing 3.7 Million People. January 14, 2022.

London Free Press. Quebec’s Fine for the Unvaccinated may be Ethical, but…. January 13, 2022.

National Post. ‘Democratization of COVID’: Four in 10 Canadians Know Someone Recently Infected, Poll Finds. January 12, 2022.

CBC Radio Here and Now. Quebec Government Calls for “Health Care Contribution” from the Unvaccinated. January 11, 2022.

CBC News London. Van Holst’s Vaccine Objections Earn Sharp Rebuke from Mayor, Other Councillors. January 11, 2022.

CTV National News. Broader Mandates Loom in Canada. January 7, 2022.

CTV News London. CTV News London at Six. December 22, 2021.

Ontario Morning. Third Doses for Vaccine Passports. December 22, 2021.

The Hill Times. ‘Inevitable’ Rise of Omicron Shows ‘Failed Approach’ to Ending Pandemic, Say Experts. December 13, 2021.

London Free Press. Rapid COVID-19 Tests Should be Free, Readily Available. December 9, 2021.

630 CHED Radio / Global News 770 CHQR Radio with Shaye Ganam. Vaccine Equity. December 2, 2021.

London Free Press. We Keep Hitting Snooze Button on Wake-Up Calls for Global Health. December 1, 2021.

CBC News. Mandatory Vaccination. November 8, 2021.

CTV National News. Anger and Frustration. September 13, 2021.

London Free Press. Western University Professors Rip Anti-COVID Vaccine Colleague’s Remarks. September 10, 2021.

London Free Press. Amid Professor's Defiance, London University Won't Rule Out Vaccine Firings. September 10, 2021.

CBC. Why do Some People Disagree with Vaccine Mandates, and Who Can Qualify for an Exemption? September 9, 2021.

CBC Radio One, The Current. Religious Exemptions to Vaccination Mandates. September 9, 2021.

CBC News. Western-Affiliated Ethics Prof Says She Faces ‘Imminent Dismissal’ for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine. September 8, 2021.

Global News. ‘Vaccine Passport’ or ‘Immunization Record’? Why Experts Say There’s Power in Words. September 8, 2021.

NewsTalk 610 CKTB, The Tom McConnell Show. Professor Maxwell Smith, Re: Vaccine Passports. September 1, 2021.

CTV National News. Debate on Immunization Records. August 25, 2021.

News Talk 580 CFRA. What are the Ethical Challenges of Issuing Mandatory Vaccinations? August 15, 2021.

London Free Press. As Pandemic Evolved, So Did Western's Stance on Vaccination: Provost. August 13, 2021.

BlogTO. Here’s What You Need to Know About the Ontario Human Rights Code Vaccine Exemption. August 12, 2021.

CBC News. University of Ottawa Mandates Vaccines for Anyone Accessing Campus. August 10, 2021.

CTV News London. Are Vaccine Mandates Needed Before School Resumes in September? August 9, 2021.

CTV News. Should Post-Secondary Schools Mandate Vaccines for On-Campus Learning? August 8, 2021.

CTV National News. Should the Vaccine be Mandatory to Return to University? August 8, 2021.

CBC Radio, The Sunday Magazine. Considering the Role of Vaccine Mandates at a COVID-19 Crossroad. August 8, 2021.

Globe and Mail. Unions, Businesses Watching as Quebec, Canadian Governments Eye COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates. August 6, 2021.

Globe and Mail. Quebec to Implement COVID-19 Vaccine Passport System. August 5, 2021.

CBC The National. School Vaccine Mandate. August 4, 2021.

South China Morning Post. Chinese Cities Get Tough to Hasten Covid-19 Vaccination, but Face Outbreaks of Criticism. July 17, 2021.

CBC Radio Here and Now. The Legal and Ethical Issues Around Developing Vaccination Policy for Certain Sectors. July 15, 2021.

CBC Radio Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan. University of Ottawa to Make COVID-19 Vaccines Mandatory for Students Living on Campus. July 15, 2021.

Global News Radio AM640 Toronto, The Alan Carter Radio Program. Do We Need Vaccine Passports? July 14, 2021.

Globe and Mail. Provinces Diverge on COVID-19 Vaccine Passports as Some Sectors Begin Requiring Proof of Immunization. July 13, 2021.

Globe and Mail. Experts Argue Why Making Vaccinations Mandatory Doesn’t Necessarily Work. July 7, 2021.

Toronto Star. ‘This is a Very, Very Personal Topic’: Doctors Combating Vaccine Hesitancy Express Frustration in Caring for Unvaccinated COVID Patients. July 6, 2021.

CBC Radio, Ontario Morning. July 6, 2021.

CBC News. University Vaccination Rules. June 22, 2021.

Toronto Star. Moving the Needle: Should COVID-19 Vaccines be Mandatory? June 21, 2021. Moving the Needle: COVID-19's ‘Last Bumpy Mile’. June 21, 2021.

CBC News. Coronavirus: What's Happening in Canada and Around the World on Sunday. June 20, 2021.

CBC News. Why Vaccine Mandates Might Not Work in All Settings. June 18, 2021.

CBC News. Universities and Colleges Wrestle with Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines for Return to Campus. June 18, 2021.

National Post. Vaccine Switch After AstraZeneca First Dose is Safe, Canada's Advisory Panel Says. June 1, 2021.

CTV News. COVID-19 Outbreaks at Long-Term Care Homes as Some Staff Remain Unvaccinated. May 27, 2021.

CTV National News. Mandatory Vaccine Debate. May 27, 2021.

CBC Canada Tonight. Manitoba Premier Says Incentive Program Coming to Encourage People to get Vaccinated. May 20, 2021.

CBC News. Why These Parents, Teachers Want COVID-19 Vaccines to be Mandatory for School Staff. May 20, 2021.

CBC The National. Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines for Teachers Raises Ethical Questions. May 18, 2021.

CBC News. Canada Should Donate AstraZeneca Vaccines, or We’ll ‘Have Blood on Our Hands:’ Doctor. May 18, 2021.

CBC News. The World at Six with Susan Bonner. May 18, 2021.

CBC Radio One: The Current. Calls to Donate Canada’s Supply of AstraZeneca Doses to Low-Income Countries. May 18, 2021.

Toronto Star. What’s Worrying Ontario's Front-Line Doctors Most Amid Third Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic. April 30, 2021.

Queen’s Park Briefing. On the Front Lines: Doctors and Health Experts Discuss Extremely Hard Decisions. April 29, 2021.

CityNews Ottawa. What Goes into Making Tough COVID-19 Calls, from Vaccine Distribution to Lockdowns. April 28, 2021.

Course Compare. Should COVID-19 Vaccinations be Mandatory on Campuses this Fall? April 28, 2021.

Toronto Star. Why I Volunteered to Test a Canadian COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate. April 24, 2021.

London Free Press. Should COVID Shots be Mandatory? We Ask a London Bioethicist. April 22, 2021.

CBC News. Mandatory Vaccinations? May Not Be Justified Right Now, Bioethicist Says. April 20, 2021.

CBC Radio, Ontario Morning. April 20, 2021.

Toronto Star. For Some, Vaccination Poses a Moral Dilemma: Do I Wait So Others Can Get Their Shot? April 15, 2021.

TVO: The Agenda. Ontario's COVID-19 Vaccine Plan Pivot. April 12, 2021.

Global News. Canadians Share Mixed Feelings of Joy, Disappointment as COVID-19 Vaccinations Ramp-Up. April 6, 2021.

Winnipeg Free Press. Waste? So Far Not, But Plenty of Want. April 5, 2021.

Avvenire. Lo Scenario. I Paradisi Turistici Invasi Dai Vaccinati: è Già Polemica. April 1, 2021.

Radio-Canada. Le Rôle Discret – Mais Crucial – de la Bioéthique dans les Décisions Sanitaires (The Discreet - But Crucial - Role of Bioethics in Health Decisions). April 3, 2021.

Toronto Star. Canada Surpasses 10 Per Cent COVID Vaccination Mark, But Are We Going Fast Enough? March 25, 2021.

Global News. Canada Now Vaccinating Over 100K Per Day. Here’s What it Will Take to Hit September Target. March 22, 2021.

Bloomberg. Slamming Brakes on AstraZeneca's Vaccine Could Backfire. March 16, 2021.

Toronto Star. So You’re Vaccinated for COVID-19. When Does Life Go Back to Normal? March 13, 2021.

Globe and Mail. Vaccination Teams Set Up Mobile Clinics, Offer Cash or Gift Cards, to Reach Vulnerable Transient People. March 5, 2021.

CBC Radio One, Ontario Today. Vaccine Distribution Task Force Bioethicist Takes Questions on Rollout. March 5, 2021.

CBC News. Social Vulnerability Matters in Vaccine Rollout, Says International Research Team. February 25, 2021.

Western News. Human Rights Law Provides Transparent, Fair Framework for Vaccine Allocations. February 24, 2021.

Christian Science Monitor. Help Yourself by Helping Others: The Case for Global Vaccine Generosity. January 26, 2021.

National Post. COVID-19 Vaccines: Canadians are Divided Between Wanting to Help the World and Helping Themselves. January 19, 2021.

Toronto Star. COVID-19 Vaccines: Canadians Torn Between Helping the World and Helping Themselves. January 19, 2021.

National Post. Vaccines and Variants: Ways for a Better Shot at Winning the Race Against Time. January 16, 2021.

Toronto Star. COVID Vaccine Q-and-A: From Who’s Up Next to Delayed Dosing, What You Need to Know. January 13, 2021.

Global News. Coronavirus: Quebec Considering ‘Nightmare Scenario’ as Hospitals Approach Capacity. January 12, 2021.

Global News. Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout: How Canadians Will Know it’s Their Turn to be Inoculated. January 6, 2021.

Toronto Star. ‘Why Aren’t They Going Faster?’ and Other COVID-19 Vaccination Questions. January 5, 2021.

Toronto Star. Ethical Framework Provides Clarity Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution. January 5, 2021.

The Globe and Mail. Canada to Require Travellers to Show Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Results Before Entering Country. December 30, 2020.

Toronto Star. Now That We Finally Have COVID-19 Vaccines, Do We Know Enough About Where They’re Going? December 30, 2020.

Government of Ontario. Ministry of Health Media Briefing on COVID-19. December 30, 2020.

Government of Ontario. Ontario Releases Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution. December 30, 2020.

The Globe and Mail. Ontario Changes COVID-19 Vaccination Plans After Slowing Rollout. December 28, 2020.

Winnipeg Free Press. Prickly Topic: Examining the Realities, Legalities and Moralities Surrounding COVID-19 Vaccine. December 19, 2020.

Global News. Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan Raises Ethical Questions. December 8, 2020.

Global News. Your Guide to COVAX, the WHO’s Coronavirus Global Vaccine Plan. December 1, 2020.

London Free Press. Transparency ‘Critical’ as LHSC COVID-19 Outbreaks Erode Public Trust. November 26, 2020.

Toronto Star. So We Get a COVID-19 Vaccine. Then What? A Glimpse of How the Coming Months Could Play Out. November 21, 2020.

Global News. The Global Race for Coronavirus Vaccine Doses: How does Canada Compare? November 18, 2020.

CBC Fresh Air. The Ethical Questions Behind Emergency Vaccine Approvals and How Scientists Can Fight COVID-19 by Taking Lessons from Ebola. November 15, 2020.

106.9 The X. How Ebola “Emergency” Vaccines Provide Ethical Blueprint for COVID-19 Response. November 15, 2020.

La Nación. Coronavirus: “Deberían Transparentarse los Criterios para Autorizar una Vacuna en Emergencia”, Advierte un Experto en Bioética. November 11, 2020.

Global News Radio AM980 CFPL London. London Live with Mike Stubbs. How to Fairly Distribute Medical Resources in Times of Need. November 9, 2020.

Global News Talk AM980 CKNW Vancouver. Mornings with Simi. November 9, 2020.

Toronto Star. COVID-19 Vaccine News: Millions of Minks Have to Die. Which Canadians Will Get the First Doses? Here's What You Need to Know this Week. November 7, 2020.

Toronto Star. COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy Should Address Systemic Racism, Bioethicists Say. November 6, 2020.

CTV News. Use of Ebola ‘Emergency’ Vaccines Bring Insights to COVID-19 Response. November 5, 2020.

The Kingston Whig Standard. Limiting Details of In-School COVID-19 Justified, Experts Say Amid First London Case. September 23, 2020.

London Free Press. Releasing Few Details in School COVID-19 Infections Justified, Experts Say in Wake of First London Case. September 22, 2020.

National Post. As We Enter the Great Unknown, the Second Wave of COVID-19, is Canada Better Prepared Than We Were Before? September 5, 2020.

The Wire. Where in India’s COVID-19 Response is the Moral Compass That Guides Governance? August 1, 2020.

London Free Press. Everything You Need to Know About London's Mask-or-No-Mask Debate. July 17, 2020.

Faith Today. Negotiating Essentials: Church Leaders Need to be Proactively Involved in Government Pandemic Response. July 7, 2020.

London Free Press. COVID-19: How Southwestern Ontario Research has Gone Viral. June 13, 2020.

TVO. London Researchers Search for New Ways to Fight the Pandemic. May 30, 2020.

CBC London, London Morning. Coronavirus Vaccine. May 27, 2020.

Global News Radio AM980 CFPL London. Ethical Questions Surrounding COVID-19 and the Race to a Vaccine. May 19, 2020.

London Free Press. Ethics of Pandemic Gives Londoner, World Health Organization lots of Food for Thought. May 15, 2020.

The Walrus. Your Brain on Covid-19. May 6, 2020. June 2020 issue.

Toronto Star. Immunity Passports: A Key to Economic Recovery, or a Flawed Idea Ripe for Abuse? May 3, 2020.

Catharsis Magazine. Interview: COVID-19 and Public Health Policy. April 30, 2020.

TVA Nouvelles. COVID-19: Un Vaccin pour Hâter le Retour à la Normale, Croient des Experts. April 11, 2020.

Le Journal de Montréal. COVID-19: Un Vaccin Pour Hâter le Retour à la Normale, Croient des Experts. April 11, 2020.

Global News. Will a Coronavirus Vaccine Bring Normalcy? Experts Say it Depends on Priorities. April 10, 2020.

Financial Times. Coronavirus Strategy Tests UK’s Reputation for Science. March 16, 2020.

Channel News Asia. Commentary: COVID-19 Could Force Difficult Choices on Health Systems. March 14, 2020.

London Free Press. It's Caution vs. Hysteria as Londoners React to Coronavirus Pandemic. March 13, 2020.

Financial Times. Coronavirus Could Force Difficult Choices on Health Systems. March 11, 2020.

Global News Radio AM980 CFPL London. London Live with Mike Stubbs. Western University is a Key Player in National COVID-19 Efforts. March 9, 2020.

London Free Press. Coronavirus Research at Western University gets Federal Funding. March 7, 2020.

CBC London, Afternoon Drive with Chris dela Torre. Balancing Ethics with Speed During Vaccine Development. March 6, 2020.

Global News. 2 Western University COVID-19 Response Projects Receive Federal Funding. March 6, 2020.

CTV News. Western Scientists Looking at Ethics, Social Media Related to Coronavirus. March 6, 2020.

CBC News. Western University Receives more than $400,000 for Coronavirus Research. March 6, 2020.

CBC Radio One: The Current. Federal Minister of Health Patty Hajdu and Bioethicist Maxwell Smith on the Coronavirus Outbreak in Wuhan. February 7, 2020.

CBC News. Canada Playing Global Role with Coronavirus Quarantine — but Ethics Expert Urges Support for People Confined. February 7, 2020.