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“ The pandemic has provided an open market place for India to dig its heels in and make good on its promise of being the Pharmacy to the World”


particularly since countries banned the export of key medicines and equipment. This May, the Canadian government announced a


partnership between the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and CanSino Biologics, headquartered in Tianjin, China. The trials were to be held at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which also shared its research expertise with the Chinese fi rm. Yet in late July, the Canadian press reported that


China had held up shipments to the Halifax researchers. According to the NRC, the vaccine candidate was not approved by Chinese customs to export to Canada: “Subsequent to signing, the Government of China introduced process changes regarding shipping vaccines to other countries,” the NRC said in a statement. Amid rising tensions between the two countries, Canada has been forced to abandon the fi rst proposed clinical trials


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for a Covid-19 vaccine in the country. Instead, the Canadian government turned to American


drug companies, signing agreements for 114 million doses of potential vaccine candidates to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the country had inked deals with two American companies, Novavax and Johnson & Johnson, and had also signed similar agreements with two other companies, Pfi zer and Moderna. “With these additional agreements in place, Canada


has now secured access to four of the leading vaccine candidates,” the Prime Minister’s Offi ce (PMO) said in a statement.


A GLOBAL RESPONSE The CanSino agreement came under criticism when it was announced. It came while two Canadians, including a former diplomat, were being held captive in China, in


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