New Democratic Party (NDP) MPs questioned the Trudeau government’s approach to COVID-19 vaccine deals on Friday, after making public a vaccination contract between Brazil and AstraZeneca.
“Justin Trudeau’s government fought tooth and nail to avoid disclosing any vaccine contract to Parliament, claiming it threatened commercial interests. Yet the Brazilian government has had no problem disclosing almost the entire vaccine contract it signed with AstraZeneca, ”said Matthew Green, NDP spokesperson for utilities and supply, in a statement.
Brazil would have thus negotiated the right to produce on its territory the vaccine that will be put into circulation by the British pharmaceutical company, which would not be part of the conditions taken between the federal government and AstraZeneca, according to the NDP spokesperson in the matter. of health, Don Davies.
Japan, India, Australia and China are among the other countries that have obtained agreements similar to those of Brazil, Davies said.
In addition, NDP members questioned the date of availability of the vaccine in Canada:
“According to Radio-Canada, Canada could receive the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine months after the United States and the United Kingdom. People want to know what’s going on with the vaccine. Why is the government not sharing this important information with Canadians? ”Green asked in the release.
The two spokespersons added that they would continue to press the federal government to obtain more transparency in this matter.