Officials In Canada Worry the Vaccine Rollout Isn’t Fast Enough

Jacob Nguyen

On Monday, Canada’s largest province declared the beginning of a third Coronavirus wave. This was based on the evidence of increasing cases, hospitalizations and the recent spread of variants. Canada is starting to see impacts to hospital rates, intensive care unit admissions and hospital admissions as numbers are going up. 

For weeks, the risk of a third wave fueled by more transmissible variants has been on the mind of concerned Canadian officials. Government officials warned that the rollout of the Coronavirus would not be fast enough to stop the spread of Coronavirus in the third wave, further stressing hospital capacity. “COVID-19 activity has leveled off at a high level since mid-February and average daily case counts are now on the rise,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, on Monday. 

“While vaccine programs accelerate, it will be important to maintain a high degree of caution. Any easing of public health measures must be done slowly with enhanced testing, screening, and genomic analysis to detect variants of concern,” she said in a statement.

Though Canada is expected to receive as much as 2 million doses of Coronavirus vaccines this week, it may not be distributed in time to avoid the large number of infections and deaths from the third wave. However, a deal between the Biden administration and Canada will receive an addition of 1.5 million AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccines in the coming days.

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, Canada has reported up to 938,000 infections and has recorded more than 22,000 deaths.