Friday 26 March 2021

Vaccine nationalism spells trouble for Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine supply

Global News shows that as an increasing number of countries grapple with the rise of new Coronavirus Covid-19 variants, countries that produce COVID-19 vaccines are moving to limit exports. They want to ensure their own citizens get the vaccine first and that leaves Canada certainly vulnerable. 

It seems that Canada is completely reliant on other countries including India. The country is expecting 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India in the next 2 months. According to Reuters News, India has decided to temporarily halt all major vaccine exports. 

The European Union, also a major exporter to Canada is also tightening its export rules. It unveiled legislation Wednesday that includes new rules making it harder for pharmaceutical companies producing COVID-19 vaccines in the 27-nation bloc to export them.

It seems that there is much uncertainty about Canada's vaccine supply in the weeks ahead.

A COVID‐19 vaccine is a vaccine intended to provide acquired immunity against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV‐2), the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19).

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