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Research technician Leon McFarlane handles a blood sample from a volunteer in the laboratory at Imperial College in London, where a COVID-19 vaccine is under development, on July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Canada’s ‘me first’ COVID-19 vaccine strategy may come at the cost of global health

With $1 billion in advance purchase agreements for COVID-19 vaccines, Canada has joined the vaccine nationalists: rich countries buying up more than half the global short-term supply of vaccine.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus arrives at a press conference at WHO headquarters in Geneva on July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The WHO often has been under fire, but no nation has ever moved to sever ties with it

The WHO is a health agency, not a political one. Yet political leaders have often criticized it. Still, the move by the US to pull out from the organization is unprecedented.
Bruce Aylward, team lead of the WHO-China joint mission on COVID-19, speaks to the media about COVID-19 after returning from China, on Feb. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Keystone via AP, Salvatore Di Nolfi

The WHO’s risky communication strategy created confusion around COVID-19

The World Health Organization’s handling of communication around COVID-19 included ambiguous messaging that created confusion.

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