U.S. is outpacing Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout — but experts say it’s not a ‘model of success’
Canadians perusing social media may be coming across photos of their American peers bearing wide smiles and vaccination cards that show they’ve been inoculated against COVID-19. A recent ramping up of the United States’s vaccine rollout has it vastly outpacing its northern neighbour, and some Canadians are wondering why distribution in their country is lagging so far behind. Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, an infectious disease doctor in South Carolina, said that while the speed of the U.S. rollout has been impressive lately, it’s not been without its faults. Communication between states has been mostly lacking, she said, and the absence of a uniform standard for vaccine eligibility has led to inconsistencies across jurisdictions. Some states, for example, include teachers high on their priority list while others are still working on inoculating those 80 years and older.