CPHA Canvax

CANVax in Brief are short evidence-based articles that aim to inform, engage and inspire its readers by bringing attention to current and emerging issues in immunization, and by profiling initiatives and activities from across Canada that aim to improve vaccine acceptance and uptake.

Contributions to CANVax in Brief are by invitation only. All articles are reviewed by CANVax staff and by the Expert Review Panel as part of the peer-review process prior to publication. If you have questions about CANVax in Brief, contact us

CANVax Brief Series - CANVax is collaborating with Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR) to publish short evidence-based briefs from our CANVax in Brief series throughout 2020. You can read our articles here.



June 12, 2020

Beware the public opinion survey's contribution to misinformation and disinformation in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Noni E. MacDonald, Eve Dubé, Devon Greyson D, Janice E. Graham

The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by an "infodemic" of misinformation and disinformation. Given the large degree of uncertainty, the complexity of the science, and rapidly evolving knowledge, well-intentioned misinformation is not surprising. As scientists race to understand a new disease, partial information and guesswork fill the gap until reliable research evidence is established. Unfortunately, disinformation, defined as deliberately false or misleading information, can be expected when crises are used as opportunities to make money or to undermine existing institutions, including education and health care systems.

May 19, 2020

COVID-19: Potential Impact on Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Canada

Noni MacDonald, Eve Dubé, Lucie Marisa Bucci

The rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 has led to an unprecedented number of COVID-19 cases and deaths globally, as well as in Canada. This microbe clearly knows no borders or a country's wealth or health status (Worldometer - Coronavirus Cases). Given that there are no effective antivirus therapeutics or a vaccine as of yet, the major strategy for slowing the pandemic has been aggressive containment. This has included widespread testing, quarantine of cases, stay-at-home orders, school closures, physical distancing and community containment such as closing borders, restricting travel and curtailing all, but essential services. Surveillance data are showing that the containment strategy is effective.