The U.S. may soon have a vaccine surplus. Here’s what that means for Canada
2021-04-08 from thestar.com
With its America-first vaccine strategy, the U.S. is nearing a point when it will have enough supply to offer COVID-19 vaccine to all adult Americans. Current predictions suggest that will happen by the end of May.
So, once America is vaccinated first, the question inevitably becomes: Who’s second in line?
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken this week hinted at talks that are happening on that front, after months of the United States keeping all of its Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen supply to itself, and only distributing four million AstraZeneca doses as “loans” to Canada and Mexico. Blinken said the Biden administration wants to “rise to the occasion worldwide” and start sharing soon.
“By the end of May, we’ll have enough vaccine supply for all adults in America,” Blinken said Monday. “As we get more confident in our vaccine supply here at home, we are exploring options to share more with other countries going forward. We believe that we’ll be in a position to do much more on this front.”
The World Health Organization has called for the U.S. to start donating vaccine supply to countries that need it most, especially developing countries. Experts say America also has an interest in vaccinating its immediate neighbours, Canada and Mexico.
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