The White House has confirmed that it is “carefully” considering Canada’s requests for COVID-19 vaccine support.
Speaking on Wednesday, March 17, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that both Canada and Mexico had reached out to the U.S. for vaccine help but didn’t provide details as to whether those requests would be fulfilled.
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"I don't have any update for you on whether they will be granted and a timeline for that," she said. However, she did reiterate that President Joe Biden is prioritizing as many Americans as possible first.
"We are still in the midst of fighting the war against the pandemic, right here," Psaki said, although she acknowledged the country is leading worldwide when it comes to vaccinating its population — at least in the sheer number of doses administered.
As of March 16, the United States had fully vaccinated around 11.8% of its population. This is more than the whole population of Canada. Comparatively, as of March 6, Canada had fully vaccinated 1.51% of its population.
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