Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has obtained assurance that shipments of COVID-19 vaccine destined for Canada will not be disrupted by the possible control of dose exports from Europe.
“I was reassured that the transparency measures that will be taken by Europe will not affect the deliveries of Pfizer and Moderna in Canada,” he said Wednesday in the Commons after meeting with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
The latter warned the day before that the manufacturers of anti-COVID vaccines, beneficiaries of massive investments from the European Union, “must honor their obligations”.
“This is why we are going to set up a transparency mechanism on vaccine exports,” she said in a video intervention at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
During Wednesday’s call with Mr. Trudeau, Mme Von der Leyen said Canada would not be impacted, according to the report from the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office.
“President von der Leyen has given assurances that the transparency mechanism on vaccine exports proposed by the European Union is not intended to disrupt vaccine exports to Canada,” we read.
“The leaders are committed that their officials maintain regular contact on any issue related to exports,” it added.
Recall that the doses of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada – those from Pfizer and Moderna – come from Belgium and Spain, respectively.
This week, no dose arrives on Canadian soil. Pfizer has temporarily reduced its production as the American pharmaceutical company is carrying out expansion work at its facilities in Belgium. As for the Moderna doses, they are shipped every three weeks and the next delivery is scheduled for next week.
– With AFP