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Feds should tout vaccine costs as ‘leverage’ in future talks with premiers, says expert

Palak Mangat

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The Hill Times



While a ‘missed opportunity’ in the earlier days of the pandemic, some observers worry tying strings to provincial and territorial access to potentially life-saving vaccines could be seen as ‘unethical.’

Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, agreed that the feds “theoretically” could have secured some “guarantees” from the premiers, but that would highlight further gaps in provinces and territories’ data systems. For instance, he said, most provinces don’t have vaccination registries.” Ottawa, in January, awarded Deloitte a $16-million contract to build a national computer system to manage vaccine rollout and report as more doses came online, but those efforts came after the national immunization campaign was already underway. 

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