It has taken some time but finally the Canadian Federal government has negotiated letters of understanding with 2 major vaccine production companies Precision Nano systems and Novavax to establish a production facility in Vancouver and one in Montreal for their vaccines. Novavx will make use of the new facility Biologics Manufacturing Centre being built with NRC money at Royalmount in Montreal.
This is clearly a very good and welcome decision that was overdue. The previous Government strategy of relying on imported supply left Canada somewhat exposed to vaccine shortages and capricious delays in supply that literally could cost lives. Canada after all had a long and strong tradition in the creation and testing of vaccines and critical life saving pharmaceutical products like insulin and the polio vaccine. In fact as an elementary school pupil in Winnipeg back in the 1950s I took part in the polio vaccine trials . Its unfortunate that the government didn’t do this earlier since the factory will not be up and running until the summer but its the right decision to have finally negotiated a deal. At the same time the Premier of Ontario Doug Ford is suggesting that Ontario can establish an operational production plant even sooner with Federal help. We should check this out and if so make an agreement to do so for the duration of the pandemic.
Like the case for massive stimulus to deal with the crisis bold action on many fronts is now sensible and prudent public policy.