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Perfectly good doses of the US-owned COVID-19 vaccine regularly go to dumpsters a few miles from the Canadian border, according to local mayors and healthcare providers now fighting to make the blows reach. Canadian weapons.

Windsor, Ontario Mayor Drew Dilkens, whose city sits right on the Canada-U.S. Border, said pharmacists who live in Windsor but work in the U.S. have been continuously offering him their overdoses at the end of the day. .

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But he had to turn them all away, he said.

“We have 35,000 doses that fall into the garbage two kilometers from where I am sitting right now,” Dilkens told the House of Commons health committee on Monday.

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He said pharmacists in Windsor are “out of their minds thinking these things go to the landfill when there is so much demand here on our side of the border.”


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To date, Canada has vaccinated approximately 70 percent of its adult population with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, just over seven percent of Canadians are fully vaccinated, while almost half of the US population. you have both doses of your COVID-19 vaccines.

Demand for those vaccines has started to decline in the United States, according to its recent vaccination figures. The New York Times reported that daily injections given peaked in mid-April and have been steadily declining ever since.

In Canada, meanwhile, vaccines remain a hot commodity. Canadians are struggling to find their first and second dose appointments as our release shows a steady upward trajectory of daily doses.

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This combination of factors has created waste in some US cities, according to mayors and healthcare providers, and that waste is happening just miles from Canadian cities plagued by citizens who would gladly roll up their sleeves sooner.

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David Musyj, president and CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, told Global News that the US doses are “really being thrown out.”

“What happens is that each vial of Pfizer has approximately six doses. And then once you pierce that vial, you have a limited number of hours, five to six hours, to use that vial, ”Musyj explained.

“If you don’t use all six doses in that vial, then you have to throw it away.”


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Instead of those vials going to waste, Musyj and Dilkens hope they can get them a few miles into the arms of Canadians, and they are not alone in their efforts.

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Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati has also spoken out on the issue, telling Global News that he too has been forced to reject perfectly good vaccines.

“Our American counterparts ask us, ‘We have these additional vaccines. Are you interested in them before we dump them in the landfill? We would rather put them in an arm than in a landfill, ”Diodati said.

Instead, he said, Americans are “throwing away vaccines every day because they expire.”

“And here we have arms that would be willing hosts to receive these vaccines,” Diodati said.

Both Dilkens and Musyj have suggested a number of proposals for those extra doses to reach Canadian arms. One idea is for pharmacists to meet Canadians at the border of the tunnel connecting Windsor and Detroit. Canadians could essentially stretch their arms at the border crossing to take their hit.

The owners of the Ambassador Bridge also submitted a proposal to the federal and provincial governments, according to Musyj. They suggested that a vaccination center be established at the base of the bridge on the US side, so Canadians could wait in their cars without having to drive down the street to meet customs officers.

So far, none of these efforts have been successful, according to Musyj and Dilkens.

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In a letter sent to Dilkens and obtained by Global News, the Public Health Agency of Canada explained why the Mayor of Windsor’s proposal would not work.

“Regarding the establishment of the proposed clinic, please note that the vaccine cannot be imported into the Canadian space without the express consent of Health Canada. We understand that actual vaccination, in other words, administration of the vaccine into a patient’s arm, will occur on the US side of the border, ”they wrote.

“However, if the US nurse or pharmacist crosses the border to administer it to a person in Canada, that is considered an import of the product and requires an expression of no objection from Health Canada.”

PHAC added that by crossing the border with the arm and injecting the vaccine in Canada, the healthcare worker would be considered to import the drug to sell in Canada.


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“If the vaccine is not licensed for sale in Canada … the nurse could be in violation of the Food and Drug Regulations,” they wrote.

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In a scenario where the actual vaccination occurs in the Canadian space, the importation of the vaccine must be reported in accordance with the Customs Law. As such, the Canada Border Services Agency will need to determine on whose behalf the goods are being imported to determine the reporting requirements. “

Musyj regretted that time was spent writing this letter, rather than trying to find a solution.

“Spend your time and effort making this happen, as opposed to spending your time and effort writing us the rules to tell us why it shouldn’t be happening,” Musyj said.

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Dilkens added that the government is finding “all the ways to say no for this to happen.”

“I’m looking for someone who can find a way to say, yes, this is a sensible path. It is the Pfizer vaccine that is manufactured at the same facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Let’s find a way to make this happen, ”he said.

However, the federal government insists that more than enough vaccines already arrive in Canada.

“We have a steady supply of vaccines arriving in Canada, including 55 million doses due to arrive at the end of June. There are enough vaccines for every Canadian who wants to get vaccinated, “said Aisling MacKnight, spokeswoman for Health Minister Patty Hajdu, in an emailed statement.

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In addition to that, the federal government said that this decision is not up to them.

“We encourage Windsor to work with the Province of Ontario in case they have concerns with the current vaccination schedule for second doses,” MacKnight said.


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But while the federal government points the finger at the provinces, the provinces are blaming the feds directly.

“Federal quarantine rules are the impediment to allowing this to happen and that is a federal responsibility,” said Alexandra Hilkene, spokeswoman for Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliot, in an emailed statement.

When asked if the province supports Dilken and Musyj’s ideas, Hilkene said the province “supports vaccinating Ontarians as quickly as possible.”

Global News also reached out to the Michigan governor’s office for comment Thursday morning, but did not receive a response at press time.

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Meanwhile, while Musyj waits for different levels of government to decide how and if they want to tackle the problem, he said he continues to see unvaccinated patients come to his ICU.

He said there are still not enough vaccines to meet the demand.

“We have no doses in the freezer. But what we do have are patients in our ICU who did not have the opportunity to receive their first or second dose, and they are in our ICU with (ventilators), ”said Musyj.

“I do not want more patients in our hospital or in our ICU because they did not have the opportunity to receive a vaccine, neither their first nor their second dose.”

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