PLENARY SESSION 2:
Public Health and the Pandemic
For over three years, public health officials worldwide have faced more challenges than any of their predecessors, managing the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in an age of globalism, free speech, and social media. Federal, provincial, and territorial public health agencies have played a central leadership role in making sensitive, timely, and informed decisions to protect Canadians from COVID-19 and communicating to the public about the unfolding situation, including crucial measures to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2. In this session, we heard directly from individuals who had important roles as Chief Medical Officers of Health at various times through the COVID-19 pandemic. This session informed participants about some of the key issues and challenges that had to be addressed as the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic evolved, lessons learned, and potential future approaches.