News that shipments of the Moderna vaccine to Canada will drop by about one-quarter in February was yet another blow to the Liberal government’s constant assurances that we will have enough doses to vaccinate the entire population by September, but the growing anger over the vaccine roll-out has more to do with misplaced expectations, rather than some sort of anti-Canadian bias on the part of Big Pharma.
On Friday, Moderna announced that Canada will receive around 180,000 doses next week, instead of closer to 230,000. Supplies over the following three weeks will be cut by 20 to 25 per cent. This comes on the heels of Pfizer’s announcement two weeks ago that it will be sending us roughly 80 per cent fewer doses over the next month than it initially promised, as it upgrades its plant in Belgium to produce more vaccine.
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Since the Pfizer announcement, many have suggested that Canada is being singled out. And perhaps we would be in a much better position if the government had signed contracts with vaccine makers sooner, instead of leaving us at the back of the line.