About seven in ten Canadians are against sharing vaccines with the rest of the world until the national immunization campaign is over, according to a poll released Monday, as the country has ordered or reserved more than 400 million doses for 38 million inhabitants.
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“Almost three-quarters of Canadians (72%) believe that until all consenting people aged 12 and over receive their vaccine, the country should focus its efforts at home rather than at home. ‘foreign,’ the Angus Reid Poll Institute said in a statement.
Conversely, 18% of Canadians believe that efforts should be focused on vulnerable people globally, a percentage that is increasing (25%) among young people aged 18 to 34, according to this survey conducted online from 2 to June 7, with 4,948 people.
To date, 70.1% of Canadians over 12 have received at least one dose, according to the latest figures from the Canadian government.
Four vaccines have so far been licensed in Canada: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, but only the first three have been administered.
On Sunday, G7 leaders meeting in England pledged a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to poor countries, by funding them or through the Covax sharing device, 100 million of which will come from Canada.
In detail, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would donate 13 million doses to other countries through the Covax device.
Ottawa will also fund 87 million doses through the international mechanism responsible for accelerating access to tools to fight COVID-19 (ACT Accelerator).