Justin Trudeau – LILLEY: Britain’s vaccine success the path Canada should have followed
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The results speak for themselves. As of Saturday afternoon, the United Kingdom has administered vaccine shots to11.5 million people, or 17% of their population, including 90% of those over the age of 75. By comparison, Canada has administered onemillion shots covering just 2.7% of our population.
It has nothing to do with geography or the way our population is spread out compared to Britain. It comes down to having the doses.In large part, Britain has the doses to move as fast as they do because they are making them.
What could have been for Canada
Had the Trudeau government taken the same route as the Johnson government did back in the spring, what would our position look like now? There is no doubt that with a “Best of Canada” approach we could have brought together industry leaders, top government officials and the logistics strength of the military to manufacture here.
If we had started last April or May,we could have taken over an existing building, like the Brits did, and retrofitted it to produce a vaccine. The final product could have been bottled in any number of plants from pharma giants like GSK orApotex.
We didn’t even try.
“Trudeau never bet on Canada because he never thought Canadians could beat the international candidates,” said one longtime bureaucrat in the health field.
That is the biggest difference between Canada’s approach and Britain’s, they bet big on themselves, made it imperative. Our government was more concerned with photo-ops, giving contracts to friends and posturing.