Canada makes trade retaliation plans in case EU breaks vaccine promise



Mia Rabson | National Observer

Canada is putting together options to retaliate if Europe breaks its promise not to cut off Canada’s shipments of COVID-19 vaccines, though Europe appears to be keeping that promise at least for now.

Procurement Minister Anita Anand told the House of Commons Monday a new shipment of vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech was on its way. It’s the first shipment from the companies in more than a week because of a planned production slowdown to expand a Pfizer plant in Puurs, Belgium.

Canada is only getting about one-fifth of previously planned shipments this week and next, but Anand said the companies are still promising to get four million doses shipped to Canada by the end of March, and all 40 million Canada has ordered by next fall.

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