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Canada needs the Connaught model of domestic vaccine production

Saturday, March 20th, 2021

A properly restored Canadian global powerhouse in vaccines would improve on the current world patchwork of players focused on discovery, clinical trials, safe packaging, mass production and a dozen other disciplines, layered over by conflicting priorities of national governments. That model conflicts with Ottawa’s current $1-billion national vaccine strategy.

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When will the Liberal government keep its promises on national pharmacare?

Saturday, March 6th, 2021

Canadians have waited for decades for universal pharmacare. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they cannot wait any longer… The 2021 federal budget is just around the corner. If the government’s rejection of C-213 was because it was written on the terms of an opposition party and not their own, this may be one of the last opportunities for the prime minister to make good on his public support for universal, public pharmacare.

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Compulsory licensing would allow Ottawa to authorize generic copies of the COVID-19 vaccines

Friday, February 5th, 2021

compulsory licensing would eliminate the need for constant negotiation. The government would make its decision and that would be that. The drug giants would be furious. Pfizer and Moderna might refuse to honour their pledges. They might cut back promised shipments of the vaccine.
But they are doing that anyway. And the government has been unable to use the usual methods of contract compliance to stop them. Compulsory licensing provides government with a workable alternative…

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Provincial Leadership on a National Pharmacare Program

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

In the September 23, 2020 Speech from the Throne, the federal government again committed to a universal national Pharmacare program and to “accelerate steps to achieve this system.” … In the midst of COVID-19, we cannot delay access to essential medicines any further… At this critical moment, Canadians need British Columbia to lead. Your government can play a key role in the creation of this new social program for all Canadians.

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A broader vision of public health

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

If we learn anything from COVID-19, it should be that we need a more comprehensive version of public health that acts on what we know about the social determinants of well-being… Here’s our three-step plan. 1. Identify the contours of an integrated, coherent vision of public health… 2. Co-ordinate the wider public health vision across political jurisdictions… 3. Work from the ground up to uncouple “health” from “health care.” 

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The doctor is online: COVID-19 let the technological revolution finally find its way to Canadian health care. Now, the hard part begins

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

Due more to systemic inertia than technological lag, Canadian doctors are only now arriving to the technological age… provinces need to be asking questions about how to build a regulatory environment around virtual care — one that sets standards for virtual care that are at the same level as in-person care, and ensures patient data is protected.

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As doctors who work in long-term care homes and serve marginalized populations, we believe it’s well past time to end for-profit long-term care

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

… the system is designed to protect corporations over human life. The calamity of placing profits over people needs to end… governments of all levels need to work together to bring all long-term care homes under public ownership much like other parts of our Medicare system, including hospitals and physician care… With the immense grief and suffering continuing for people living in long-term care homes today, this must be a priority.

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NDP and Greens Push Trudeau to Answer Vancouver’s Call to Decriminalize Drugs

Monday, December 28th, 2020

The MPs want Hajdu to use her authority under Section 56 of the act, which grants the health minister the power to issue an exemption from any part of the legislation “for a medical or scientific purpose or is otherwise in the public interest.” … to take the supply “out of the hands of criminals and remove the stigmatization, and ensure that people get access to safe, regulated, properly packaged products. And we need to substantially beef up our prevention, education and, most importantly, treatment options for substance users.

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We need a homegrown solution for making enough vaccines for every Canadian 

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

… pandemic preparedness… includes, at its core, an arms-length national vaccine manufacturing facility that, first and foremost, has the capacity to produce enough vaccines for every Canadian… The facility could be made available to the private sector to make large batches at cost during normal times and commandeered by the federal government for large-scale vaccine deployment during a pandemic… It would be a partnership between biopharmaceutical companies, academia and the federal government.

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Let’s make Canada a global leader in COVID-19 treatments 

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Canadian-led breakthroughs in medical sciences can improve our health and well-being, bolster our universities and research hospitals, strengthen our reputation in the global competition for resources and talent, and result in economic benefits for Canadians. And, most importantly, these trials could quickly develop novel therapies for treating COVID-19 while creating the downstream benefits of infrastructure and know-how to help us discover treatments for the next pandemic as well as for other diseases.

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