Anita Anand, Canada’s federal procurement minister, told local media on May 16th that the government was discussing how to deal with the astraZeneca vaccine, which is coming soon. If provinces are unwilling to accept the AstraZeneca vaccines, the government is considering donating them.
” (Prime Minister Trudeau) has already mentioned this, and I have coordinated with Canada’s Minister for International Development, Karina Gould, and Health Minister Patty Hajdu on donating these unwanted vaccines that Canada does not use, and we are considering options for dealing with these excess vaccines,” Anand said. ”
The AstraZeneca vaccine has caused at least dozens of thrombosis incidents in Canada, with an ontario statistics of one in 60,000. Several provinces have announced bans or severe restrictions on the use of the vaccine on first vaccinations, and the availability of the second vaccination is subject to further review. However, under the Canadian government’s procurement contract, about 17.7 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive in the coming months. This is likely to lead to a large stockpile of AstraZeneca vaccines due to their difficulty in distributing.
To date, nearly 45 per cent of Canada’s 38 million people have been vaccinated against a coronavirus, and only about 3.6 per cent of the population has been vaccinated against two doses.