A US zoo is on track to vaccinate its at-risk animals before many Canadian adults can expect to get their first COVID-19 shots.
Conservative MP and Health Critic Michelle Rempel Garner slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter in response to the news, saying that it was an example of how badly the Liberals have botched Canada’s vaccine response.
“Most Americans aged 16 and over will have access to a vaccine in the next week or two. In Canada, that milestone is far away. In fact, these zoo animals in the United States might have access to a vaccine before many Canadian adults will. That’s how badly Trudeau has failed,” tweeted Rempel Garner on Wednesday.
According to ABC 7 News, the Oakland Zoo plans on vaccinating all of its primates and other species such as big cats. The zoo is expecting to receive 100 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the veterinary drug company Zoetis.
Critics have accused the Trudeau government of failing Canadians by not securing enough vaccines on time. As of March 30, 2021, data shows that Canada currently places 65th in the world for cumulative COVID-19 vaccinations per 100 people.
With only 14.5 people vaccinated out of 100, Canada is currently behind countries like Romania, Greece and Morocco when it comes to vaccinations. Meanwhile the US places 21st with 44.13 people vaccinated out of 100.
A recent announcement by Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommended that provinces halt the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for those under the age of 55 because of blood clot issues detected in its use.
Despite the announcement, Prime Minister Jusitin Trudeau has urged Canadians to take whatever vaccine they’re first offered.
“I understand how challenging this can be for Canadians. The science is evolving as we get more and more data experts are refining and shifting their recommendations,” said Trudeau.
“The bottom line for Canadians is the right vaccine for you to take is the very first vaccine that you are offered.”
Last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford described the federal vaccine approach as “becoming a joke” and blamed the Trudeau government for failing to acquire enough shots.
“We do not have enough vaccines from the federal government and it’s a joke. Fifty-fifth in the world,” said Ford.