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Tens of millions of people in Britain have taken a vaccine – and the sheer volume of uptake may convince the hesitant to do the same. Andy Rain/EPA-EFE

Why COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy should fall as more people get the jab

If we think about the success of the UK’s vaccine rollout to date, and factor in how social norms tend to diffuse, then there's good reason to be optimistic.
Two men discover a dead body in the street during the Great Plague of London. 19th-century wood engraving. Herbert Railton/Wellcome Collection

From the great plague to the 1918 flu, history shows that disease outbreaks make inequality worse

Accounts of previous epidemics – by Samuel Pepys, Daniel Defoe and Katherine Porter – warn of mistakes that we risk repeating.
A police officer stops traffic as people opposed to public health measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 march on Granville Street after the B.C. Grand Freedom Rally, in Vancouver, in Feb. 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

COVID-19 ‘freedom’ rallies actually undermine liberty – here’s why

Denial and deception can be harmful weapons with lethal consequences, neither logic or law is on the side of 'freedom' rallies.
A worker is seen cleaning surfaces inside Little Mountain Place, a not-for-profit long-term care home in Vancouver where dozens of residents have died in the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Non-profit long-term care homes have lost too many residents to COVID-19

The failure of for-profit long-term care homes to protect residents during the pandemic is well-known. But non-profits also under-performed governments in preventing COVID-19 deaths.
Would anyone want to spend more screen time talking about pandemics? Yes, learned an anthropologist, biologist and historian who developed a course on the topic. (Shutterstock)

A university course on pandemics: What we learned when 80 experts, 300 alumni and 600 students showed up

The course offers a model for teaching about complex problems, and underlines the critical role of university learning, research and outreach in understanding and addressing them.
A man heads past a clothing store where mannequins sport face masks in Halifax. Retail workers, long-term care workers and teachers say the media has failed to reflect their pandemic experiences. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

To create a better work environment after COVID-19, we must truly hear employees

In post-pandemic Canada, the media will play a big role in shaping public understanding of labour conditions. A future of work that is safe and equitable requires the voices of workers.

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