Award-winning US actress Mia Farrow tweeted on Tuesday that Canada needs America’s help to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, citing Canada’s embarrassingly low full vaccination rate.
To date, Farrow’s tweet has received over 10,000 likes and nearly 1,500 retweets.
According to government data, as of April 30, 2021, only 2.55% of Canada’s population has been fully vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, 29.3% of Canada’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
In response to Farrow’s tweet, a number of Canadian Twitter users voiced disappointment with Canada’s vaccination rate.
“Thank you. We are doing well after many delays. Approx 40% in Ontario have 1st dose but need MUCH more supply to ensure important groups like essential workers (teachers) are vaxxed asap,” wrote Twitter user C. Turner.
“Thanks Mia. We are finally getting more vaccines but it’s been too slow and we could always use more . Nice of you to think of us,” tweeted Wendi Bloomenthal.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently addressed an advisory by Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) which recommended people who are healthy wait for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines like the Moderna vaccine.
The advisory was contrary to the federal government’s message to Canadians which is to get the first vaccine available for them.
According to Trudeau, the federal government’s advice “has not changed” despite NACI’s recommendation.