The Canadian government announced on Tuesday that it will destroy 13.6 million expired doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine due to a lack of demand at home and overseas.
According to reports, more than half of all the doses it has ever bought have expired after Canada couldn’t find any foreign countries willing to take the vaccines, despite pledging to donate them.
“Due to limited demand for the vaccine and recipient country challenges with distribution and absorption, they were not accepted,” Health Canada said in a statement.
Back in July 2021, Canada promised to donate the rest of its procured supply, about 17.7 million doses, per CBS.
“The expiration of 13.6 million doses follows the expiration of 1.2 million AstraZeneca doses reported in April and May. Most of the expired doses never left the manufacturers’ warehouses. An unknown but smaller number of doses also expired after distribution to provincial governments,” according to the news release.
Canada will throw out 13.6M doses of AstraZeneca #COVID19 vaccines, saying it couldn’t find enough people willing to take them.
Canada ordered enough vaccines for 5x its population as rich nations hoarded supplies. 79% of people in lower-income nations have not gotten a vaccine. pic.twitter.com/AJqkfjHBi5
— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 6, 2022
Early in the pandemic, Canada was criticized for being one of the ‘most aggressive buyers’ and ‘hoarders of vaccines’ among the wealthy nations.
“Over four million AstraZeneca doses arrived in Canada from Covax in spring 2021, but at the same time reports began to circulate in Europe of rare blood clotting events after its administration. This led Norway and Denmark to pause and ultimately halt the vaccine’s use,” the news release stated.
“Other countries soon followed, and Canada halted the vaccine’s use in under-55s just as it began to arrive in large numbers. Public confidence in the shot collapsed, and its fate in Canada was sealed by the large-scale arrival of Pfizer’s vaccine weeks later.”
The Gateway Pundit previously reported that a 40-year-old father from British Columbia was one of the first people in Canada to be compensated after suffering an adverse reaction connected to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Ross Wightman, a former pilot and realtor was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), which is a rare disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves, after receiving a first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine last April 2021.
Wightman became partially paralyzed from the waist down and suffered full facial paralysis after being diagnosed with the disease due to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Last month, Wightman posted a letter he received from the federal Vaccine Injury Support Program on his social media account stating that “there is a probable causal association between the injuries sustained and the vaccination.”