EDITORIAL: Get vaccines to high-risk persons pronto

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It’s time to get the COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of the most vulnerable and high-risk persons as soon as possible.

No form of delay should be acceptable to Canadians.

The feds need to be held to account when it comes to the supply of vaccines and the provinces need to be held to account when it comes to actually vaccinating people.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said on Friday that the province is in fact running out of vaccines and will be out of the Pfizer-BioNTech one by next week.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who initially put all his eggs in one basket with a vaccine from China, is now caught with a short supply.

“Quantities of both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccine will scale up in February,” Trudeau said on Friday. “Remember that Canada has the most vaccines secured per capita in the world, which means that, by September, we will have enough vaccines for every Canadian who wants one.”

It is cold comfort though to have “secured” vaccine doses if we don’t yet have them and are found wanting. It’s pretty shoddy procurement to claim we’ve got the most in the world and yet suddenly find ourselves coming up short.


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Phase one of the vaccine roll-out involves giving it to residents and staff of long-term care facilities along with health-care workers and the elderly.

There are two big reasons why we need to pick up the speed. The first is of course that these high-risk persons are the ones who are dying. The vaccine may save their life.

The second is that once high-risk persons are vaccinated there is no justification for the harmful lockdowns that low-risk persons have been enduring for too many months

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Many experts already have serious doubts that doing things like closing gyms is actually have any benefit at all. No cost-benefit analysis of lockdowns has actually been done by governments.

But even those who support these closures must concede that once the demographic who are tragically dying of COVID-19 are vaccinated, there really isn’t a reason to keep these closures in place any longer.

Vaccinate high-risk persons pronto and then lift the damaging restrictions on Canadians’ lives.

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