Seven vaccine-makers rejected our request to produce COVID shots in Canada, Anand saysAnita Anand said she asked all seven of the firms providing vaccines to Canada to consider making them here, but our facilities were simply too small
Author of the article: Ryan Tumilty
Publishing date: Feb 04, 2021 • 3 days ago • 4 minute read
Procurement Minister Anita Anand announces a delay to COVID vaccine delivery via videoconference, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. PHOTO BY ADRIAN WYLD/THE CANADIAN PRESS/FILE
OTTAWA – Procurement Minister Anita Anand said she tried to entice all of the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to make their product here at home, but Canada didn’t have the facilities they needed.
Speaking at the House of Commons industry committee, Anand said she asked all seven of the firms providing vaccines to Canada to consider making them here, but Canada’s facilities were simply too small.
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“Manufacturers concluded that bio-manufacturing capacity in this country, at the time of contracting last August and September, was too limited to justify the investment of capital and expertise to start manufacturing in Canada,” she said.
None of the seven deals Canada has signed for vaccines includes significant homegrown production. The government announced a deal earlier this week with Novavax to make its vaccine in Montreal, but that is unlikely to start before December. Medicago, the one Canadian company in the vaccine portfolio, will make most of their vaccines in the U.S.
NDP Don Davies questioned Anand on whether the government had really pushed hard enough to look at making vaccines here in Canada.
“Countries like Mexico, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, and others have done so and are producing AstraZeneca vaccines domestically,” he said. “Did Canada seek this right?”
Anand said getting an agreement with AstraZeneca wasn’t the issue, it was about having what was necessary to make vaccine here.
“The reality is that standing up new manufacturing of a vaccine requires expertise. It requires resources from the supplier and given the scarcity of resources, suppliers emphasized locations that had existing capacity and would be able to manufacture quickly.”
Several MPs asked why the government hadn’t done more to increase Canada’s domestic manufacturing capability in the last year, particularly when compared to efforts in the United Kingdom.
Simon Kennedy, a deputy minister in the industry department, said the U.K. was simply much further ahead when the pandemic began.
“The U.K. has very large contract manufacturing operators that were capable of quickly shifting to produce COVID vaccine,” he said. “The U.K. certainly pivoted, and was able to do manufacturing domestically but they were starting from a much higher base.”
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華裔科學家邱香果和丈夫 被加拿大國家實驗室解雇2021年02月07日 12:53
【星島綜合報道】加拿大國家微生物實驗室(National Microbiology Lab，簡稱NML)的華裔科學家邱香果和丈夫程克定(Keding Cheng，音譯)已證實不再受聘於加拿大公共衛生署(Public Health Agency of Canada，簡稱PHAC)。