Reaction to NACI Guidance on Vaccines – May 4, 2021
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attempts to reassure Canadians by saying that all vaccines are safe. He was reacting to a statement by Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) that said Pfizer and Moderna are the preferred vaccines, unlike those from Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. NACI argues that Canadians who consider themselves at low risk for coronavirus would be better off waiting for these vaccines. Dr. Nathalie Grandvaux answers our questions on the conflicting guidance.
What is the political impact of NACI’s statement and is the image of the entire Conservative party family in Canada being tarnished by the situation in Alberta and Ontario? The answers of our political observers Sheila Copps (Liberal), Farouk Karim (NDP), Marc-André Leclerc (CPC) and Richard Nadeau (Bloc Québécois).
In Alberta, despite the severe situation of the pandemic, Premier Jason Kenney continues to say his government must weigh economics against public-health measures, while in Ontario, the minister of long-term care, Merrilee Fullerton, was questioned about a scathing report that revealed the long-term care sector was not prepared to face the pandemic. What is the impact of the new census on Francophone minority communities in Canada? We take stock of these questions with political scientists Frédéric Boily and Stéphanie Chouinard.