The US is doing well with its vaccination, which is good news for everyone in the country, especially for businesses that travel into and out of the country like Titan Transline, as they can get their people vaccinated in the country with little problem.
In a show of cooperation with its neighbors, the White House confirmed on May 7 that it’ll send 4mn AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine doses to Canada and Mexico, with Canada to receive 1.5mn doses.
Canada’s vaccination program is really behind, so these additional vaccines, amounting to more than a one-third boost for the country, will only really help shrink the gap a bit.
White House Coordinator for the COVID-19 response Jeffrey Zients issued the statement, saying that they’re lending a portion of their resealable AstraZeneca vaccines to Mexico and Canada. They add that this will help their neighbors meet their critical demand for vaccination which, in turn, will provide more protection across the whole of the North American continent. This, in turn, could potentially lead to land borders being reopened sooner, lifting the restrictions on travel and helping out logistic firms like Titan Transline and the like.
Zients’ colleague Andy Slavitt also tweeted the news. According to the White House, they were already finalizing plans with the other countries on May 6, with the announcement made official on the following day.
The Canadian official stated that the vaccine does have expiry dates in May and June, but that’s still enough time to get them administered to Canadians.
White House officials, wary of the potential for political blowback from this move, stated that the US’s own immunization program would not be affected, with plans to have doses ready for all Americans by May 31.
This transfer, they say, involves vaccines that Americans aren’t using, as the US has yet to give approval to the AstraZeneca vaccine, and they’re sending some of the doses to its neighbors instead of risking their expiry.
Political analysts and experts are looking at this move and considering what the motivation for it. One angle noted is continental migration. A lot of border-state lawmakers have asked the Biden administration to give vaccines to Canada and Mexico in order to help the land borders between the countries reopened, as a lot of these border states; like Texas, are reliant on cross-border trade.