Pandemic Response Report Card: Canada

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… since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said "Only by protecting each other can we protect ourselves. Canada is ready to help lead a coordinated global response which will contribute to overcoming the pandemic"

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Canada was an early and vocal supporter of multilateral efforts to scale up access to vaccination in the world’s poorest countries, committing $1.1 billion to the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) in 2021.

However, the talk was not always followed by action. Canada over-purchased vaccines — it bought enough to vaccinate each Canadian more than five times. This vaccine hoarding is reducing developing countries’ access to vaccines and undermining global vaccination efforts. And only 18% of Canada’s promised doses have been delivered.

Canada has repeatedly emphasized the need for a strong global economic response, promising recently to “finish the global fight against COVID-19.” Increases in development investments in the past two years and a pledge to recycle 20% of Canada’s Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) allocation show commitment to deliver needed economic support. But significantly more will be needed in 2022.

In 2022, Canada must urgently deliver the doses it promised to COVAX, continue supporting the global pandemic response with more funding, and share more of its SDRs.