Friday 2 April 2021

Canada: COVID-19 vaccines doses wasted in Canada due to missteps

Global News shows that thousands of Coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine doses have gone to waste in Canada. 

Heather Yourex-West explains why and how there's a patchwork of plans to prevent further losses as frustrations grow across the country. 

This comes as Canada hit a new daily record and passed a new milestone for COVID-19 vaccinations this week but will need to up its game to get a single dose to every eligible person by Canada Day.

It’s doable on paper but potential barriers loom. Export controls in Europe and India and the risk of production issues for brand-new vaccines are among them, along with ongoing fears that anxious Canadians will reject the troubled Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

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