How the World Health Organization helped kill a promising made-in-Canada vaccine – CTV

Feb. 12, 2023

In a pandemic, a sizable amount of flexibility is required.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has championed the need for out-of-the-box thinking on vaccine production and supplies to protect the world.

But when faced with that very situation, the WHO evoked a 2005 policy, and sentenced a promising made-in-Canada vaccine to a tragic death because of a minority link with a tobacco company.

“I think the WHO has gone totally off the rails,” said David Sweanor, a lawyer, long-time anti-tobacco advocate and associate professor of law at the University of Ottawa.

“If the World Health Organization is standing in the way of vaccines to treat an epidemic, what does that do to their long-term credibility?”

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