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Canada’s chief public health officers take centre stage amid COVID-19 crisis

By Tessie Sanci      

Federal officers, such as Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Howard Njoo, and provincial chief doctors, are involved in daily live press conferences during which they speak directly to Canadians, informing them on the country's caseload, emphasizing the need for social distancing, and, at times, offering non-medical guidance amid extraordinary circumstances.

Dr. Theresa Tam and her deputy, Dr. Howard Njoo, have become recurring fixtures in Canadians' lives, thanks to their public-facing role in communicating the feds' response to COVID-19 pandemic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Chief public health officers across the country now have a public profile never before seen in this country, thanks to their position as the scientific and medical voices of reason during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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