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NHL grapples with vaccine inequity between U.S. and Canada

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By STEPHEN WHYNO and LARRY LAGE

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It is 100% incorrect to say "Canada has lagged in vaccinations because, like many other countries, it lacks the ability to manufacture vaccines."

Costa Rica has more than double the percent of their population that is fully vaccinated than Canada.

Chile has given at least 38% of its population at least one shot.

Neither if these countries have any vaccine manufacturing capacity.

The one thing that the dozens of countries that are administering more vaccines than Canada is that Trudeau is not their leader.

Canada has lagged in vaccines because, unlike all other countries, it lacks a competent government.

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Costa Rica's population 5mil. Chile's 19mil. Canada 39mil. Chile and Costa Rica are also tiny in terms of area compared to Canada which is the 2nd largest in the world after Russia. There are surely some government issues but it's part of a bigger picture that include lack of domestic production and logistics; sheer size of population and geographical area.

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@proxy, you said it all (says this Canuck - not the hockey fan, the nationality).

@MilesTeg, the problem here in Canada actually IS government. Our geography is overblown. More than 90% of our population lives in major cities, easily within reach of air transport for the vaccine. Our real problem is that the provinces are all independent when it comes to medical systems and programs. There really is NO ONE in charge.

As for proof, I just took the British Columbia government's online test to see if I qualify for a vaccination. I've had a heart attack and two strokes. I'm 67 years old. I don't qualify before they vaccinate all aboriginals, regardless of their age, and regardless of whether they live on reserves or in the cities. I'm just a second-class white boy. Just another thing to live with. Or die with. Who gives a rat's as*, eh?

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I don't qualify before they vaccinate all aboriginals, regardless of their age, and regardless of whether they live on reserves or in the cities. I'm just a second-class white boy. Just another thing to live with. Or die with. Who gives a rat's as*, eh?

One thing the pandemic is exposing is how so many people expect things to have been perfectly organized for a pandemic we didn't know was coming. They figure that the government should have had the rules exactly equal, down to the individual, for vaccination rollouts that have to vaccinate most every person on the planet.

We live in an unreasonable world. The internet has given everyone the impression that they deserve to be first, and if they're not first, their government is out to get them.

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