A University of British Columbia neurology professor is writing a book about the widespread misuse of science during the period of pandemic hysteria and estimates that Canadians paid the highest prices in the world for Covid-19 vaccines at $38 per Pfizer dose.

Comparatively, the US and Europe paid about $22-$23 a shot.

Prof. Steven Pelech, author and editor of the forthcoming book Down the COVID-19 Rabbit Hole: Independent Scientists and Physicians Unmask the Pandemic, alongside Christopher Shaw, offered a preview of the volume’s contents at a Nov. 26 speaking event.

“The impression that one would get from the popular media is that this was a lethal virus that had a lethality rate even as high as 20% in the elderly,” Pelech said during his presentation.  

“The average lethality rate was 4-5%. It was complete nonsense. What we now know is that, three and a half years plus into the pandemic, if you are under 65 and infected with the virus, the chances of dying is actually probably in the order of 0.3%.”

According to Pelech, people who had Covid-19 died of an average age of 84 in British Columbia, whereas the province’s average age of death is 82.

“The threat wasn’t there from the virus,” he said. 

“Unfortunately for most of us the threat was actually from the cure – the vaccine.”

Pelech’s book includes a thorough chapter on Covid-19 vaccine safety, including research on myocarditis, neurological disorders, and fertility impairments related to the mRNA jabs. 

The book also covers the physiological risks and psychological effects of mask wearing, among upwards of one hundred other topics. 

Pelech writes that while Canada paid an estimated CAD$38 per Pfizer vaccine dose, in Albania, Brazil, and South Africa, the Pfizer vaccines were priced at US$12, US$10, and US$10, respectively.

The production cost of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine is estimated to be US$1.18 per dose.

In the summer of 2020, the Canadian government negotiated to get enough vaccines to accommodate seven shots for everyone in Canada, and the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered by the Canadian government as of Sept. 10, 2023 was 99,016,076.

Aside from the billions of dollars spent on vaccines that can reasonably be considered worthless and potentially harmful, at least CAD$1 billion was also spent on expired vaccine doses that had to be tossed out.

Canada’s 59-page confidential vaccine procurement agreement with Pfizer is still redacted. In February 2023, the Liberal government forced MPs to sign non-disclosure agreements before viewing signed contracts. 

Those who have publicly dissented on lockdown measures and vaccine safety have been subject to years of vitriol from those who followed government and pharmaceutical company narratives, but Pelech has for the most part been able to carry out his research in peace.

“I have been fortunate to receive essentially no serious repercussions from the administration of the University of British Columbia with respect to my position on Covid-19 matters,” Pelech told True North.

“It probably helps that I am a UBC senator.”


  • Lindsay Shepherd

    Lindsay holds an M.A. in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has been published in The Post Millennial, Maclean’s, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, and Quillette.