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Millions Locked Again as Canada Worsens Vaccine Failure
Blair Gable via ReutersBack in December, before COVID-19 variants changed the course of the pandemic, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau boasted that he bought enough potential vaccines to protect a population four times the size of the pandemic. Canada. But four months later, not even two percent of Canada’s population of just under 38 million is fully vaccinated and large swathes of the country are back in lockdown thanks to a brutal third wave. Canada has recorded nearly one million cases and 23,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Trudeau had hoped to get the population vaccinated by June, but now says all Canadians who want a vaccine will get one by the end of September. Canada is one of the only major economies in the world that has not attempted to manufacture its own vaccine against the coronavirus, as variants develop. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a stern warning that even fully vaccinated Americans should avoid travel to Canada. And if they are intended for essential purposes, they should be tested for three to five days upon their return. “It’s not the news we wanted, but hospitalizations are increasing, intensive care beds are filling, variants are spreading and even people who had convinced themselves they didn’t need to worry. get sick, ”Trudeau said at a press conference Tuesday. “Even though the sun is shining and the weather is warming up, COVID-19 is not done with us yet,” he said, calling the third wave of the pandemic “very serious”. the cases seen in the hospital’s intensive care units are increasingly younger patients, according to Canada’s top health expert. “Although COVID-19 continues to impact people of all ages in Canada, infection rates are highest among people aged 20 to 39,” said Theresa Tam, chief administrator Public Health Department of Canada, in a statement Wednesday. “In addition, we are seeing an increase in the number of adults under the age of 60 being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals, including in intensive care units.” So how does a country that has ordered more vaccines per capita than anywhere else in the world now in such a problem? Canada does not produce any vaccines on its territory – either by creating their own or by manufacturing others – and the imported doses simply have not been delivered. The Canadian government-owned vaccine maker was privatized in the 1980s and eventually bought out by the French company Sanofi, whose own vaccination efforts failed. Trudeau announced last week that finally Pfizer would start delivering a million doses per week after the United States released their exports now that it is clear that there is enough supply for the Americans first. AstraZeneca has also pledged to deliver $ 20million of its increasingly controversial vaccine, which should also help jump-start the painfully slow rollout. Moderna and Johnson and Johnson are also approved for use in Canada, but they have yet to ship in significant quantities. Trudeau was criticized by angry Canadians after admitting early on that the country would not be the first in line for vaccines because they did not produce them locally. Then, when the EU put the brakes on vaccine exports, Canada once again paid the price for missed deliveries. The Biden administration has yet to commit to exporting to Canada or Mexico, both suffering from shortages. For more, visit The Daily Beast. Get our best stories delivered to your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.