It is unconscionable that the World Health Organization would reject a Canadian-made vaccine for reasons that have nothing to do with safety
Although nearly 65 per cent of the world’s population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, there are still many people who don’t have access to one, so every new manufacturer that brings a safe and effective product to market will help save lives.
Which makes it unconscionable that the World Health Organization would reject a Canadian-made vaccine for reasons that have nothing to do with safety.
Dr. Mariângela Simão, the WHO’s assistant director general for access to medicines and health products, acknowledged the importance of bringing new vaccines to market when the organization authorized the Indian-made COVAXIN vaccine for emergency use last November, saying that the move “expands the availability of vaccines,” which is necessary in order to “meet the needs of all populations, giving priority to the at-risk groups who are still waiting for their first dose.”
Yet this was in sharp contrast to her comments on March 16, when she said that Quebec-based Medicago’s shot was unlikely to be approved “due to its connections — it’s owned by tobacco company Philip Morris International — so the process is put on hold because it’s well known that the WHO and UN have a very strict policy regarding engagement with tobacco and arms industries.”
Jesse Kline – National Post – 2022-03-30.