Provinces left with hundreds of thousands of litres of expired hand sanitizer Ottawa sent during pandemic – CBC

Manitoba spent more than $462K to repurpose its nearly 734,000 litres; Sask. expecting to spend $100K

Jan 11, 2023

Provinces are awash with expired hand sanitizer that Ottawa sent during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal government spent $376 million on more than 20 million litres of hand sanitizer, which the Public Health Agency of Canada distributed throughout the pandemic.

But now, most provinces have excess expired sanitizer, and getting rid of it through disposal or repurposing comes with a hefty cost.

Saskatchewan is expecting to spend more than $100,000 to get rid of more than 350,000 litres of hand sanitizer that’s sitting in a Regina warehouse. Manitoba spent more than $462,000 to repurpose its nearly 734,000 litres.

An email from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, which recently issued a public tender to dispose of the sanitizer, said the department appreciated the shipment from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/government-expired-sanitizer-1.6710713

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