Justin Trudeau – Corbella: COVID vaccine solution was here in Calgary while Trudeau looked to China
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It wasn’t until Oct. 27 that Providence received the $4.7 million — more than seven months after the company first reached out to the federal government.
Meanwhile, throughout this time, Sorenson says Moderna received $1 billion from the U.S. government.
“We’re no longer two months behind Moderna, we’re one year behind. If we had $1 billion we would have finished at the same time as Moderna,” says Sorenson. “But we never asked for $1 billion. We asked for $35 million. Had we gotten that, we wouldn’t be starting Phase 1 right now, we would be in Phase 3.”
This news comes on the heels of Pfizer sending zero vaccines to Canada this week as it is retooling its plant in Belgium to increase production.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said in a video statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday that “Europe invested billions to help develop the world’s first COVID-19 vaccines to create a truly global common good,” she said. “And now the companies must deliver.”
“The government was throwing money around for kids to be paid to volunteer, which is a total oxymoron,” said Sorenson, referring to the fact that the definition of volunteering is that it’s unpaid work.
“These kids don’t want this program, they want to go to school and get on with their lives and you need a vaccine to do that, so if you really wanted to help out the youth of the world you don’t pay them to volunteer because you’ve got a pandemic, you solve the bloody pandemic with a vaccine,” said Sorenson, who says the science shows that his company’s vaccine already appears to be more effective than both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. It has fewer side-effects like the Pfizer vaccine but only requires -20 C refrigeration, like the Moderna vaccine.