Worldwide Improvement Minister Harjit Sajjan says he needs the World Well being Group to greenlight Medicago’s COVID-19 shot so it may be donated and utilized by the COVAX vaccine-sharing alliance.
However he says Canada’s capability to get extra doses out the door to lower-income nations relies upon totally on getting reassurance they will and will probably be used when they’re despatched.
The WHO paused the process for pre-qualification of Medicago’s vaccine final week as a result of its hyperlink to Marlboro cigarette producer Philip Morris Worldwide.
Mariangela Simao, WHO’s assistant director-general for drug entry, vaccines and prescribed drugs, mentioned the shot will “very likely” not be authorized for emergency use due to the corporate’s ties to the tobacco trade.
Canada is promising to donate a minimum of 200 million doses by the tip of the 12 months, however solely 15 million have been delivered up to now.
Fewer than two million doses had been shipped out this 12 months and Sajjan says extra can go as quickly as recipient nations point out they’re prepared for them.
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On paper, Canada ought to have near 100 million extra doses accessible for donation that had been bought for Canadians that can not be used right here.
However half are the Novavax vaccine Canada has but to substantiate will probably be donated, and 20 million come from Medicago, which may solely be donated if WHO agrees to approve that vaccine regardless of the corporate’s ties to massive tobacco.