No cost to Manitoba for abandoning deal to buy Canadian-made COVID vaccines – CBC

Deal to buy Providence Therapeutics’ vaccines quietly ended the same month Heather Stefanson became premier

Jan 19, 2023

The Manitoba government didn’t lose money when it quietly abandoned plans to buy COVID-19 vaccines developed by a Canadian company.

Former Premier Brian Pallister touted his early 2021 deal to buy vaccines from Providence Therapeutics as an “insurance option” in case the federal government didn’t come through with the vaccines it needed by the end of the year. He said he couldn’t sit back while Manitoba was running out of vaccines.

But under new premier Heather Stefanson, the Manitoba government told Providence in November 2021 that it wouldn’t buy their vaccines for a number of reasons, a spokesperson said in an email Wednesday, “including the province securing sufficient vaccine supply” by then.

The province’s decision to back out of the preliminary arrangement with Providence was never publicized.

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