The end of the vaccine is the political harmony of the epidemic


After the epidemic was not a partisan issue in Canada for several months, the prospect of effective vaccines has finally politicized it. While there is no political dissatisfaction in any way from the polarization that surrounds the epidemic in the United States, Erin O’Toole has made the government’s vaccine plans the subject of her first major attack on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as Conservative leader.

Joining Mr. O’Toyle has been a premiere. Ontario chief Doug Ford, who recently said as of August, “I absolutely love Christian Freeland,” Mr. Trudeau’s deputy prime minister, now grumbling about the information denied by the Liberal government.

Although no vaccine is currently approved for use in Canada, or in the United States or Europe, Mr. O’Toole introduced a resolution in Parliament on Thursday that, among other things, required the government to post specific dates Happens when Canadians will start receiving. Each of the various vaccines ordered it; Provide details on how vaccines will be shipped and stored; And the state that the government recommends will first be vaccinated by provincial health care systems.

“Canadians deserve to know when they can expect each vaccine type to be available in Canada and how many vaccines will be available per month,” Mr Ottole said. “In the midst of a historic health crisis, this government should not run behind closed doors.”

Following this proposal, Mr. O’Toole claimed that the government had focused heavily on a joint vaccine venture between Cancino, a Chinese vaccine manufacturer, the National Research Council and Dalhousie University, which ultimately fell apart due to China’s lack of cooperation done. He also said that Canada was behind the line for the millions of doses of vaccines ordered.

The government dismisses Mr. Toll’s accusations that he has somehow dropped the ball on vaccines and will leave the Canadian waiting for shots.

Confirming this week that the first dose would arrive in early 2021, Minister Anita Anand, responsible for purchasing them, emphasized that everything now rests on Health Canada, determining that the vaccines are both safe and effective .

He said in a press conference, “Where there is pressure to move ahead in politics, we will not turn to science.” “It is not possible to surround a single date on the calendar, but I can assure you that our delivery process will kick in as soon as Health Canada approves.”

But this raises the question of why the UK company is going ahead with the vaccine from Pfizer, the US company which will also be Canada’s first supplier. My colleague Benjamin Mueller based in London recently explained that unlike in Canada and the United States, UK regulators are willing to rely more on reports by drug manufacturers that their vaccines are safe and work as promised, rather than To analyze raw data.

[Read: Why the U.K. Approved a Coronavirus Vaccine First]

Not everyone accepts the knowledge of Britain’s quick approach.

Scott Matthews, a professor of political science at Memorial University in St. Matthew, Newfoundland, told me that it was inevitable that the political harmony surrounding the epidemic in Canada would disappear.

“The Prime Minister has benefited from the absence of criticism,” he said.

But he said there was no danger that the current focus on vaccine delivery would harm the overall message of the importance of following public health guidelines to reduce infection.

“The conservative view is not putting anyone’s life in danger and it is but natural that they will criticize the government – that is what the opposition does,” he said. But Professor Matthews wondered what would be of benefit if specific dates were reduced. “Are they talking about speed which is really important?” He asked.


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Educated by Ian Austen, a resident of Windsor, Ontario, lives in Ottawa and has reported about Canada for The New York Times for the past 16 years. Follow her on Twitter at @ianrausten.


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