TORONTO — Canada will eventually be able to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday, as his government faces concerns about getting doses from Europe.
Canada does not have domestic production but Trudeau expects to use doses made in Europe to vaccinate all Canadians who want to be vaccinated by September. Trudeau reiterated Tuesday the leadership of the European Union including its president reassured him that it will respect Canada’s contracts with Pfizer and Moderna. The EU has talked about tightening rules on exports of vaccines.
“Europe will continue to protect Canada’s supply,” Trudeau said.
Canada wanted shipments from Europe instead of the U.S., its neighbor and closest ally, because Europe was deemed more reliable than the Trump administration.
The prime minister said Canada needs as much domestic capacity for vaccine production as soon as possible because with new variants they don’t know what the future will look