Others to get vaccine initial as Canada lack production capacity: Trudeau
Tuesday Canadian Primary Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians can get the initial doses of a Covid-19 vaccine nearly 2021, likely later than those countries that may produce it themselves. He said in the event of another pandemic in the arriving years “we hardly ever want to be caught brief again, without the capability to support Canadians directly.”
“Canada no longer has any household production capacity for vaccines,” Trudeau told in a media conference.
“We used to own it decades ago, but we no longer own it,” he explained, while “countries like the USA, Germany and the UK conduct have domestic pharmaceutical services, which is why they're obviously going to prioritize helping their citizens first.” Trudeau added, “We've begun to get once again in making certain Canada could have domestic vaccine production capacity.”
The number of Covid-19 cases in Canadatopped 340,000 on Tuesday, including 11,500 fatalities.
The government has contracted with several pharmaceutical companies - including AstraZeneca, Pfizer and BioNTech, Sanofi and GSK, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson, Medicago, and Moderna - for more than 300 million vaccine doses, because of its population of 38 million.
“We’re working before their deliveries to make certain their safety and efficacy, and Health Canada happens to be analyzing all data supplied by the companies,” Trudeau commented.