Canada mulls global vaccine contribution as Trump turns back on alliance
OTTAWA — Canada is still considering a contribution to the international vaccine coalition known as COVAX, which aims to equitably distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to poorer countries that can’t afford one.
The decision stands in contrast to Tuesday’s decision by the Trump administration in the United States to opt-out of the alliance of more than 150 countries because the program is linked to the World Health Organization.
President Donald Trump ended U.S. funding to the WHO in July because he says it is being unduly influenced by China and needs to be reformed.
A spokesman for Karina Gould, Canada’s International Development Minister, says the Trudeau government is working on the details of a spending commitment to what’s called the “COVAX Facility,” which is designed to ensure developing countries have fair access to a COVID-19 cure.
COVAX also allows investing countries to be given early access for up to 20 per cent of their populations.
The initiative is aimed at circumventing so-called vaccine nationalism — the scramble by individual countries to secure vaccines for their own populations, often by pre-buying doses directly from pharmaceutical companies.
- Anti-poverty groups blast Canada for accepting vaccines needed in poor countries
- Canada to get up to 1.1 m more doses by March through global vaccine alliance
- Feds pledge $440 million to join international vaccine program
- Canada urged to avoid ‘vaccine nationalism’ in race for COVID-19 cure
- Canadians not worried other countries will get COVID-19 vaccine first: poll
- Select Mississauga and Brampton residents between 18 and 49 can book vaccines this week
- Mass rollout of the 18+ vaccination sites in hotspots weeks away in Mississauga
- Couple charged following hate-related incident in parking lot in Mississauga
- Speed cushions to be installed on four Mississauga roads
- Mississauga and Brampton rolling out mobile vaccine clinics targeting essential workers