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More on Health Canada’s slow analysis of AstraZeneca’s vaccine data

“Health Canada is working hard to give Canadians access to COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as possible without compromising its safety, efficacy and quality standards,” said the Health Canada statement.

“Protecting the health and safety of Canadians is a top priority.”

Those are quotes from the Health Canada statement issued today.

I just hope they – the gurus at HC – are taking that last statement as seriously as they should be doing because the longer we wait to vaccinate people, the more severe disease and death we will see.

It’s not easy to weigh the potential benefits of an imperfect vaccine – and all vaccines are imperfect, some more than others – against the costs of a premature rollout of that vaccine.

But in a pandemic, waiting longer to be more certain also carries huge costs.