Canada faced some bumps in its vaccination campaign earlier this year when a slowdown at the production plant in Belgium disrupted delivery plans.
This week alone, Canada is set to receive 2.4 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech, which has been consistently delivering large weekly shipments since mid-March.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there is no single “silver bullet” to suddenly result in vaccines being available around the world.
Speaking following a Canada-EU summit with European leaders, Trudeau says the issue of COVID-19 vaccine patents is complex, as is the broader goal of getting everyone around the world safely vaccinated as quickly as possible.
“It’s not just finding a single silver bullet that’s going to suddenly result in finding vaccines everywhere around the world. There are complexities that need to be worked through,” he said.
The World Trade Organization is in talks about the possibility of temporarily waiving intellectual property rights around vaccines. Those backing the move say by doing so, it would make it easier for developing countries to import the expertise, equipment and ingredients necessary to make their own COVID-19 vaccines.
Source : https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/canada-in-wto-talks-on-possibly-waiving-vaccine-patents197