Canadians may have to accept they won’t be first in line – but that doesn’t mean they’ll be happy about it.
The hope offered by glowing reports on the leading vaccine candidates has given way to questions about when exactly Canada will receive its first shipment of a vaccine, and how close to the front of the line Canada might be among the 195 countries of the world.
Those questions represent significant risks for the Liberal government – even if Canadians ultimately have to accept that they can’t necessarily expect to go first.
The impetus for the Official Opposition’s questions on Tuesday was the prime minister’s acknowledgement that other countries will be able to start vaccinating their citizens before Canada.
Specifically, Trudeau suggested that the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany might get the first vaccines. In each of those countries, it has been suggested that vaccinations could start in December.