Most doses of the coronavirus vaccines are produced in Europe, and we have countries such as Canada that doesn’t have an immediate manufacturer for the vaccine. The European Commission has made it possible for Canada after it authorized a COVID-19 vaccine to the country.
The commission also stated that it wasn’t going to block the exportation of vaccine doses produced in the continent because they are working to eradicate the coronavirus worldwide, not just in Europe.
Canada was one of the multiple nations to have requested a COVID-19 vaccine delivery. And the European Commission has authorized, according to a statement from a spokesperson for the commission.
On Wednesday, the European Commission spokesperson said that Canada is aware that the commission has the ultimate duty to ensure that their citizens receive the vaccination as soon as possible. But at the same time, the commission won’t deprive other nations of their own much-needed vaccines, especially those that lack their own manufacturing capacity.
The European Union has also implemented an export control policy on all vaccines after delays from manufacturing pharmaceutical companies that include Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and AstraZeneca. The policy is for all vaccines produced on EU member nations, and for them to send the vaccines to other countries, they may need permission to do so.
With time, we expect to see the European Commission allowing the shipment of vaccines to all the countries exempted from receiving to fight or stop the coronavirus spread worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected 218 countries and territories with more than 104 million cases and a death toll of over 2.2 million.
Canada has only reported over 798k cases and more than 20k deaths since their first outbreak of this deadly virus. Recently, the country is witnessing thousands of new cases per day, and that’s why they are pushing to have a COVID-19 vaccine delivered to them before the coronavirus numbers become uncontrollable.
Canada has only approved two vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, which are produced and shipped from Europe.
Anita Anana, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, confirmed a shipment of vaccines from Europe, and the Pfizer-BioNTech company was sending it out. She was addressing the House of Commons and added that they would be expecting more vaccine deliveries in the coming months.
Another person to back the minister’s statement was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said that Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, had assured him that vaccine shipments to Canada won’t be affected or slowed down because of the export controls. However, the Prime Minister added that nothing was put into writing, but just word of mouth.
As Canada waits for COVID-19 vaccine shipment from Europe, they have a deal with Novavax to start producing their own vaccine, but that will take some time. This deal was approved and announced on Tuesday by the federal government.
We know Canada is not the only country that’s eagerly waiting to vaccinate its citizens, but we hope that there will be enough COVID-19 vaccines to cater to the entire world.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.