OTTAWA — Canadian authorities are scrambling to make up lost ground in their quest to vaccinate vulnerable people against Kovid-19, following an initial rollout that many public-health officials have criticized as slow and disorganized Huh.
While Canada was quick to order the vaccine and approved the use of the shot developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNtech SE in early December, two days before it was authorized by the US – nations developed their own in administered vaccinations Has left many peers of the country behind.
On Wednesday, only more than 0.5% of the population of America’s northern neighbor was vaccinated. By comparison, the US had vaccinated 1.6% of its population by that date, and according to Our World in Data, a nonprofit research project at Oxford University, Israel vaccinated more than 18%. The UK vaccinated up to 3.1% of its population, with the latest date available.
Public-health experts say Canadian officials have struggled to quickly move vaccine supplements from industrial freezers, where they have to be stored, to long-term care facilities where elderly residents are among the first designated vaccinations . The rollout has been complicated by the decentralized health system operated by individual provinces and territories and the decision by Ontario to stop vaccinations in the country’s most populous province for two days during the holidays.
The head of the provincial government’s vaccine task force, retired General Rick Hillier, later said the stay was a wrong decision, in the hope that long-term care homes would have fewer employees available to receive vaccine doses during the holidays.