Quebec and Canada face a big challenge: the need to manage the vaccine surplus.
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Justin Trudeau confirmed on Tuesday that he received enough doses to immunize all eligible Canadians. The country is expected to have 68 million doses by the end of the week. However, 66.4 million people are needed to vaccinate the entire eligible population.
The first challenge now is to convince recalcitrant people to get vaccinated when some experts fear the doses will be wasted.
“We have work to do and we will have to continue to work harder to get people vaccinated,” Parliamentary Secretary for Public Services and Procurement Secretary Stephen McKinnon told LCN.
The latter adds that the question of age 0-11 remains unresolved as clinical trials continue. Eventually, this segment of the population will need to be vaccinated.
What to do with the surplus?
However, doses already received or in progress will expire when children under 12 are given injections.
Therefore, in the short term, the federal government may have to look internationally to get rid of its excess doses.
“We take responsibility internationally. We announced that about 30 million doses will be donated to countries in need, and we will continue to evaluate donation strategies for the entire planet, ”explained Steve McKinnon.
To see the full interview, watch the video above.