Trump Wants Priority Access To US Vaccines But Apparently Canada Isn't Worried
The president wants America to get first-dibs. 🇺🇸🇨🇦
Although Donald Trump has made moves to ensure the United States administers U.S.-procured vaccines domestically first, it seems Canadian officials aren’t worried about getting
Speaking during a press briefing on December 8, Federal Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said he was confidentwouldn’t affect Canada’s supply of doses.
"With respect to the Pfizer doses, we expect them to start arriving in the coming days, in the next week or so," he said, according to CBC News.
LeBlanc also noted that the Canadian government had "no reason" to be concerned aboutparticularly as “in the contracts themselves, we contemplated having access to production facilities on more than one continent."
We have no reason to think whatsoever that access to the Pfizer vaccine will be in any way disturbed.
LeBlanc’s statement was backed up by a spokesperson for Pfizer, who told CBC News that they're "committed to honouring our agreements."
The company also confirmed that countries, including Canada, have "a number of procurement routes to rapidly secure vaccine supply."
These comments came just hours after the incumbent U.S. president announced his intentionwhen it comes to COVID-19 vaccine supplies the U.S. government has secured.
It remains unclear how Trump’s order would actually be enforced and his administration’s top scientist refused to speculate on the president’s plan.
“Frankly, I don’t know, and frankly, I’m staying out of this. I can’t comment,” the vaccine expert told Good Morning America.
“I literally don’t know,” he insisted.
On Monday, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau revealed that the country will be receivingof the Pfizer-BioNTech candidate.
Up to 249,000 doses are expected to arrive as early as next week, andis already in the works.