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These shortages — or absences — are brought on by alterations to the Pfizer plant in Puurs, Belgium, not the looming EU choice to ban vaccine exports from its member international locations.
That would make Canada’s COVID-19 plight far worse.
Particulars of the EU plan are anticipated to be revealed Friday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated a ban on exports to Canada “will likely be very disturbing, after all.”
Even the discuss of a ban exhibits Canada’s hapless dependence on the kindness of strangers.
The director-general of the World Well being Group, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, nails it when he says: “As we communicate, wealthy international locations are rolling out vaccines, whereas the world’s least-developed international locations watch and wait.
“With day-after-day that passes, the divide grows bigger between the world’s haves and have-nots.”
We don’t typically consider Canada as underdeveloped. We’re, in actual fact, fairly wealthy.
However we’re twentieth on the planet for vaccinations given. In vaccine manufacturing we’re at zero, like dozens of poor international locations.
The Moderna vaccine provide remains to be coming in, nevertheless it’s little greater than a trickle.
In all of February, Alberta is scheduled to get simply over 50,000 Moderna doses. AHS can administer that many in per week.
Hindsight acuity far in need of 20-20 tells us that Canada ought to have maintained manufacturing amenities for vaccine. Now, we rely on Europe and the U.S., simply as vaccine nationalism is setting in.
The proposed EU controls on vaccine exports threaten an escalation in worldwide hostility.