Dr. Carrie Bourassa is the scientific director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health. (Photo: Dave Stobbe)

USask Indigenous health leader appointed to national COVID-19 Immunity Task Force

University of Saskatchewan (USask) Indigenous health research leader Dr. Carrie Bourassa has been appointed as the Indigenous Engagement Lead on the federal COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. The leadership group will oversee national efforts to measure the scope and scale of SARS-CoV-2 immunity across Canada.

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Bourassa is a professor within the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the College of Medicine, as well as the scientific director of the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health.

The two-year initiative is part of the $350 million effort to expand national testing and modelling to provide decision makers with the best science to manage the epidemic.

“I am very honoured to serve on this important task force that will provide an unprecedented mapping of SARS-CoV-2 immunity nationwide, including immunity levels among Indigenous populations,” said Bourassa. “I look forward to making sure that Indigenous voices are heard and represented.”

Learn more about this initiative on the university news site.