Canada’s two closest allies have planned to distribute the new vaccine against the coronavirus, with the first injections expected to be delivered in December.
Canada, meanwhile, remains silent about how vaccine candidates will be distributed hereafter Health Canada’s regulator green-lighted them. The federal government provides little, if any, details beyond its promises to work with provinces and territories and buy freezers.
The federal government has purchased approximately 358 million doses from seven companies – a safety policy against the possibility that some vaccines being developed are ineffective in clinical trials. However, very little is known about how and when vaccines will be available.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada – unlike the United States, Great Britain and Germany – does not have any domestic vaccine production capacity. That means it is still a while before Canadians receive the injection. “We look forward to vaccinating Canadians in the coming months,” he said.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui is the chief scientific advisor to Operation Warp Speed - the US campaign for the development of vaccines for mass production and public release.
Slaoui said about 20 million Americans will be vaccinated by December and another 30 million Americans will be vaccinated each following month.
The National Health Service (NHS) in England has designated 1,250 local health clinics as vaccine sites where, starting as early as Dec. 1, staff will be on hand to administer the vaccine over 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. Each clinic site is expected to inoculate at least 975 people per week.
Meanwhile, the Canadian federal government says little about what it has planned for vaccine delivery.
The prime minister has mitigated any potential threat to Canada’s access to vaccines, noting that the federal government has signed orders for millions of doses from many foreign pharmaceutical companies in recent months.
Trudeau has also been in talks with other countries to ensure equal access to vaccines for all, Mr. Trudeau added, with the first doses expected to start arriving in Canada in the early months of the year. 2021.
“We have started to invest again in ensuring that Canada will have the capacity to produce vaccines domestically because we never want to fall short again, the inability to provide direct support. for Canadians,” Trudeau said.
“And that will apply in the coming years. If there is another pandemic, we will not be unprepared again”.
Until the vaccine is widely available, Canadians should do everything possible to avoid COVID-19 infection, Trudeau said.
When asked on Tuesday why Canada appears to be lagging behind in the race to distribute vaccines, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the entire process is complicated and Health Canada has yet to approve a candidate. any vaccine.
“All of our departments are working right now, around the clock actually, on making sure we have a concrete plan with the provinces and territories, that we are ready to deploy the vaccines as soon as they arrive on Canadian soil,” she said.
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