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Jul 5, 2022

South Asians in GTA at high risk for COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly devastating for the South Asian community in Peel Region – part of the greater Toronto area – where about half the residents identify as having ancestry from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal or Bangladesh.


With the city of Brampton as the epicentre, Peel Region emerged as a hot spot in Ontario beginning in Fall 2020, accounting for 22% of provincial cases of COVID-19. Peel comprises only 10% of Ontario’s population.


PHRI Senior Scientist Sonia Anand and her COVID CommUNITY- South Asian study team set out to measure the immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine and its safety in South Asian individuals.