As India sees record COVID-19 cases, experts say Canada isn’t doing enough to share vaccines

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As India continues to break COVID-19 records, Dr. Prabhat Jha said Canada could have done more to strengthen the global distribution of vaccines. “That would have been a commitment for more funding to COVAX,” Jha, an epidemiologist and professor at the Centre for Global Health at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, told Cross Country Checkup. COVAX is a global vaccine-sharing initiative jointly co-ordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. “It certainly could have done more by calling for the G20 to make sure that vaccines were very equitably distributed,” Jha said. “And it certainly could have put more emphasis on identifying that the scale of capacity for manufacturing, which belatedly Canada is trying to do, would have not just a focus on supplying vaccines for Canada but for the world.” India is currently facing a devastating outbreak of COVID-19, with 392,488 new daily cases reported on Sunday. The reported number of deaths attributed to the coronavirus jumped by a record-breaking 3,689 on Sunday.

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