Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tried to reassure Canadians that vaccine supplies will accelerate again in a few weeks and that the common goal is for all Canadians willing to be vaccinated by September to stay on track.
But Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford has openly expressed frustration with many provincial leaders as Pfizer continues to cut its vaccine delivery schedule to Canada.
“We have to be like a blanket to these boys, I would be in front of this guy’s house. Every time he moved, I would say, “Where are our vaccines? “. Other people get them, the European Union gets them, why not Canada? That’s my question to Pfizer, we need your support, “Ford told a news conference on Tuesday.
“There’s a plant, a Pfizer plant, six hours in Kalamazoo, Michigan, along with the Americans,” Ford said. “My American friends are helping us, we need help once again, as we did with PPE. You have a new president, no more excuses, we need your support, and we look forward to your support and that is a direct message to the president (Joe ) Biden, “help your neighbor.”
Ford is directly asking President-elect Joe Biden for a million vaccines for Canada.
The incoming Biden administration is unlikely to release doses of vaccines for export in the short term, as Biden officials in transition said they were unsure about the current supply of vaccines available in the United States.
Canadian government officials made it clear on Tuesday that a shortage of supplies from Pfizer would lead to a “significant reduction” in vaccinations in the coming weeks.
“There will be a significant impact in all provinces,” said Major General Danny Fortin, the Canadian commander responsible for introducing the vaccine, adding, “the overall impact next month is within a 50% reduction from the expected distribution.”
The pandemic curve in Canada is beginning to show signs of downward bending after weeks of blockage. But hospitalizations remain high, and officials say the total death toll during this second wave could ultimately be worse than the first.
“We all contribute to reducing the burden on the health system by supporting the healthcare workforce in the daunting task of planning and deploying vaccines and giving vaccines a longer runway to start working to expand access to all.” Canadians, “said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, at a news conference on Tuesday.
It adds an average of about 140 virus-related deaths reported in Canada each day.