It’s painful to read but take a look at the opening paragraph of a story from Bloomberg News dated Dec. 7, 2020:
“Canada already had enough potential COVID-19 vaccines secured to protect a population almost four times its size. It just added another 20 million doses to the pile and accelerated its vaccination calendar.”
The story was written following news that Canada had doubled its dose of Moderna vaccines on order from 20 million to 40 million.
Back then, reading that story, you’d be given the impression that Canada was well on its way to soon being one of the most vaccinated countries in the world.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was enjoying crowing about how we had “reserved” such a massive per capita amount of vaccines.
It even lead to people proposing that Canada was getting greedy and should discuss how it’s going to share the coveted doses with other, needier countries around the world.
Wow, how things changed.
We’ve now learned that to say you’ve “reserved” more vaccines than anyone else is pretty meaningless unless they actually arrive when you need them.
Now, Canadians are learning it doesn’t cut for much.
We’ve learned that we will now be receiving about 80% less of the Pfizer vaccine for the next few weeks and about 25% less of the Moderna vaccine.
Things are grinding to a halt.
This falls squarely on the lap of Trudeau and his Liberal government. They over-promised and under-delivered.
We appreciate that this is a fast-moving situation, but the PM offered false assurances. He continues to state that all Canadians who want a vaccine will have access to it by September, but it’s getting harder to take those words seriously.
We don’t support keeping Canada in lockdown until the majority of people have been vaccinated. Now that cases are declining across the country, we want many of the less justifiable restrictions eased right now.
That said, we support everyone who wants a vaccine being able to get it – especially high-risk Canadians.
This should be an all hands on deck issue and the only thing the federal government is focused on.
Managing the pandemic is primarily a provincial matter. Trudeau has few jobs – vaccines is one of them. He’s failing to do it.