Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Friday that Canadians should continue to wear a mask or face covering despite provinces across the country relaxing mask mandates, adding that a resurgence in COVID-19 cases is inevitable as provinces lift restrictions.
She said immunity from COVID-19 vaccines and from prior infection would help keep hospitalizations down, but added, “that is not a guarantee” in all jurisdictions.
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Theresa Tam (Chinese: 譚詠詩; born 1965) is a Canadian physician and public servant who currently serves as the chief public health officer of Canada, who is the second-in-command of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Tam initially took the role as acting CPHO following the retirement of her predecessor, Gregory Taylor, on 16 December 2016. She was formally appointed on 26 June 2017.
Tam has played a leadership role in Canada’s response to public health emergencies, including SARS, H1N1, MERS, Ebola, and COVID-19. She has also worked towards eradicating polio.
Tam was born in British Hong Kong and grew up in the United Kingdom. She attended medical school at the University of Nottingham, earning an MBBS 1989.
In 1996, She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Alberta, and in 1997, a pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at University of British Columbia.
Since 1996, Tam has been a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.