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The RSC Policy Briefing entitled “Excess All-Cause Mortality During the COVID-19 Epidemic in Canada” is now freely and publicly available here

" Canada outside Quebec appears to have missed more than half of all COVID-19 deaths, mainly of people living in the community outside long-term care. If this pattern has continued, nearly 60,000 people living in Canada may have died of COVID-19 to date, more than all mass mortality events in Canadian history except the 1918-1920 influenza epidemic. As Canadians, we must ask why so many deaths could have gone unnoticed for so long, and how we can prevent this from ever happening again," said chair of the Working Group Dr. Tara Moriarty.

The RSC has prepared Policy Briefings and other resources to ensure open access to independent, evidence-based science for Canadians.