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NACI’s call to prioritize at-risk racialized Canadians reflects ‘deliberate attempt’ to recognize inequities, says expert

By Palak Mangat      

But adherence to its guidelines could vary by province.

Officials like chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam, pictured with her deputy, Dr. Howard Njoo, in December 2020, have repeatedly acknowledged that the pandemic disproportionately affects racialized communities, particularly those front-line workers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The feds’ immunization task force’s recent recommendation to prioritize racialized adults in the second stage of Canada’s vaccination campaign is a “deliberate attempt” to acknowledge the barriers faced by those disproportionately affected by the pandemic, but it will need to be adopted on a wide scale to be effective, says one expert. 

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com


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