Wednesday, January 25, 2023
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST

Social and economic inequities have contributed to how certain communities in Canada have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. For the 12th seminar in our Research Results & Implications series we have gathered CITF-funded experts to present their findings on how those factors – income or material deprivation, employment, education, and racialization, among others – have led to a higher likelihood of becoming infected and/or suffering more severe outcomes (hospitalization and death) from COVID-19. Furthermore, these social determinants have had a measurable effect on access to vaccines and vaccine uptake across the country.

Casting light on these social drivers of COVID-19 disease risk and vaccine coverage clarifies the urgent need for policies and practices to redress these inequities.


Former Co-Chair, COVID-19 Immunity Task Force; Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Global and Public Health at McGill’s School of Population and Global Health


Upton Allen O.Ont., MBBS, MSc, FAAP, FRCPC, Hon FRCP (UK), FIDSA
Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids); Senior Associate Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Sonia Anand

Sonia Anand MD, PhD, FRCPc, FRSC
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Associate Chair Equity, Diversity, Department of Medicine, McMaster University; Vascular Medicine Specialist, Hamilton Health Sciences; Senior Scientist, Population Health Research Institute

Simona Bignami PhD
Professor, Department of Demography, Université de Montréal

Jack Jedwab

Jack Jedwab PhD
President and CEO Metropolis Institute and the Association for Canadian Studies

Sheila O’Brien PhD
Associate Director, Epidemiology & Surveillance, Canadian Blood Services; Adjunct Professor, School of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Ottawa