How Canada’s CanSino COVID-19 vaccine deal with China collapsed

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Policy Insider for October 15, 2021: Breaking the Canadian Made Vaccine; talk about the toilet; and a suspension of the CPC

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The fifth power released an investigation Thursday that shed new light on the Trudeau government’s failed collaboration with a vaccine manufacturer in China, CanSino, which led to a two-year delay in creating a COVID-19 vaccine made in Canada.

Government documents “show Canadian officials wasted months waiting for a proposed vaccine from China to arrive for further testing and spent millions to upgrade a manufacturing facility that has never produced a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine.”

The report shows that Canada’s plan appears to have been hampered by Chinese political interference relating to the Meng Wanzhou Case.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the deal to Canadians on May 16, 2020. But a federal government memorandum later that month reveals that the Canadian embassy in Beijing was still working to get the vaccine cleared by Chinese customs. “CanSino vaccines are still at customs in China,” the statement said. “The embassy has a [meeting] Tomorrow. Assuming they go through customs [tomorrow], may be boarded on a flight on the 27th. “But the vaccine candidate was not put on a plane on May 27. That same day, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou – a high-profile tech executive in China – lost an appeal to the BC Supreme Court against his arrest in Canada. Meng was detained in Vancouver in 2018 on US banking fraud charges.

Planning continued until August while the Trudeau government he has kept difficulties secret. He never explained what happened and he didn’t help Fifth Estate with his relationship.

The Presidency of the Council of Ministers did not reply when asked to explain the discrepancy between the promised production numbers and what happened. The prime minister and his ministers also turned down requests for interviews about Canada’s prime vaccine production plans, including with the NRC and CanSino. The NRC said US-based vaccine developer Novavax will be its new partner for this facility, but Health Canada has not yet approved its vaccine.

The CanSino project was not the only partnership that the CNR was pursuing at the time, Justin Ling reported in Maclean’s earlier this year.

October 25, 26: Trudeau wants to unveil his new one post-election cabinet on October 25 or 26, secret sources he told CBC News on Thursday.

Trudeau’s commitment to a gender balanced cabinet, coupled with his need for new cabinet ministers from Nova Scotia and Alberta, it will likely require significant changes to the first bench of the government. The biggest change could come to the defense ministry. Many senior liberals suggest that Harjit Sajjan it will be reshuffled into a new wallet.

Expect gender balance: The Stars Round MacCharles has some well informed sounding speculation about who might end up in Trudeau’s gender-balanced cabinet.

To fill in the gender gaps, insiders say Toronto’s Marci Ien, who was re-elected to the Toronto Center following her entry into Parliament for the 2020 by-election, should be at the top of the list, along with women who have experience in provincial governments. Those might include Lina Metlege Diab, a former provincial minister of Nova Scotia who is bilingual and a likely replacement for Bernadette Giordano, the Minister of Fisheries who lost his seat; Congresswoman Marie. of the Ottawa area France Lalonde, who has held three posts in Ontario as minister for French-speaking affairs, community security, and prison and government and consumer services; and Markham-Stouffville MP Helena Jaczek, who served as Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and as Minister of Community and Social Services. The latter two were first elected at the federal level in 2019 and have held parliamentary or committee secretary roles and could be promoted. Other rookie names launched include Quebec’s Pascale St-Onge who ran a communications union. Trudeau could also take advantage of the opportunity to do now what he was not keen to do before the election: demote government leaders such as the defense minister. Harjit Sajjan o minister of health Patty Hajdu.

Why so long? At CTV, Don Martin he wonders why it takes Trudeau so long to line up his ducks.

The gap between the election and the government appointment in 2015, when Trudeau inherited a group of largely untested talent in the aftermath of a shocking majority victory, which lasted 17 days. True, it took Trudeau a month to move the boxes for the 2019 lineup, but this year will be the longest ever.

The PCR rules for now are: Christia Freeland had no news about plans to eliminate the PCR test requirement as the US border nears reopening, Global reported Thursday. “The rules are the rules,” he said in DC. “Canadians need a valid PCR test to go back to Canada. I took the test to go home this afternoon. I truly believe that when it comes to ending the fight against COVID, the Canadian approach, which has been to following the science, following the recommendations of the public health authorities, and erring on the side of caution, has served us really, really well. “

Chen suspended: The Conservative Party National Council suspended Councilor Bert Chen for two months for launching a petition to dump Erin O’Toole, the Hill Times reported Thursday.

“Following the complaints of the grassroots members of the Conservative Party of Canada about the conduct of National Councilor Bert Chen, the National Council exercised its authority under article 8.13 of the party constitution to suspend Mr. Chen from the National Council for a maximum of 60 days, “said the conservator. Party chairman Robert Batherson in an e-mailed statement to The times of the hill. The petition of Mr. Chen, launched the day after the election, had received 5,185 signatures by October. 13.

Prairie disaster: In Globe, Gary Mason points out angrily that Alberta and Saskatchewan have failed to keep the pandemic under control, which is taking a terrible toll.

Mr. Kenney has been the subject of intense criticism for a few months for his decision making regarding the crisis. There have been growing calls for a leadership review within his party. Its popularity rating stands at a measly 22%, the lowest of any provincial leader in the country. The Premier had to call the military to help with overloaded hospitals. The patients were flown to hospitals in other provinces. Saskatchewan is in even worse shape. On Thanksgiving Monday, the province’s normal stock of ICU beds were occupied with COVID-19 patients. In the three months since the reopening of the province, the number of cases has increased by 47%. The death rate from COVID-19 is 6.62 per 100,000 people, the worst in the country. (Alberta came in second, with 4.7 per 100,000; Ontario’s rate, by contrast, is 0.67.)

– Stephen Maher

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