Canada edged the United States over the weekend in the COVID-19 vaccination race. If the Canadian pace does not slow down, the country’s immunization rate will soon surpass that of the United Kingdom.
The success of the Canadian campaign can be explained in particular by the purchase by the federal government of a very large quantity of doses in relation to its population. Effective communication campaigns and transparency of the authorities also maintain the confidence of the population, supports the head of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of the CHUM, Marie-France Raynault.
Conversely, all the elements of the pandemic have been politicized among our neighbors to the south. Vaccination is seen as a partisan gesture, which limits the adherence of many Republican voters to public health recommendations, believes Rafael Jacob, researcher associated with the Raoul-Dandurand Chair. The lifting of health measures and the political impossibility of forcing immunization leave the health authorities helpless in the face of the millions of citizens who refuse to extend their arms.
If the pace of vaccination continues like this, Canada could well win the prize for the best vaccination campaign in the world among mid-sized countries, according to Dr. Raynault.