Millions of wasted vaccines: Duclos ensures that stocks are well managed

Millions of wasted vaccines: Duclos ensures stocks are well managed

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Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos assures that COVID-19 vaccine stocks continue to be managed “as responsibly as possible”, despite tens of millions of doses wasted because expired.

“We know that in any vaccination operation, there are necessarily, as in any other management of drugs and treatments, things that are not used or usable. But we are minimizing that while protecting the health of Canadians and Quebecers,” said the minister in a press scrum in Ottawa on Tuesday.

The Journal de Montréal revealed Tuesday morning that Canada must dispose of 32 million doses of anti-COVID vaccine because they did not find takers in time, including 22.5 million which were stored in the central reserve of the federal government.

This total loss is estimated at around $680 billion.

Mr. Duclos cited several reasons why these doses had not been sent to other countries, including the difficulty for some countries to manage stocks, but also “some misinformation about the importance of vaccination, including in developing countries.”

He estimates that Canada has donated nearly 60 million doses worldwide.

Here as elsewhere, the pace of vaccination has slowed considerably, in particular due to better protection against the more serious consequences of COVID-19, the result, ironically, of mass vaccination.

< strong>Canada's 'bet'

Dr. Johanne Liu, an authority on pandemic emergencies, said Canada took a 'bet' at the start of the pandemic by making orders of almost 400 million doses at the start.

“At that time, it was unclear which vaccine was to reach the end of the race to be effective. We can understand that approach. That said, it was quite clear and quite quickly that we had too many vaccines in our treasure and that […] it would be good to start sharing, ”she said in an interview with Mario Dumont at LCN .

The lesson to be learned to prevent such a situation from happening again is to share the doses with the countries that need them “upstream” rather than “downstream”, because Canada “always affords a steady supply”.