Ottawa must reverse its policy to protect vaccine patents, so more countries can produce their own vaccines and prevent variants of COVID-19 from developing, says the NDP’s health critic.
G7 health ministers, including Canada’s Jean-Yves Duclos, attended an urgent meeting on Monday to discuss the emergence of the highly mutated COVID variant, Omicron.
Because Ottawa isn’t supporting the TRIPS waiver proposal, which would give poorer countries access to information on how to make the vaccines, NDP MP Don Davies said significant parts of the world will remain unvaccinated, and the likelihood that a variant of concern develops will increase.
NDP deputy foreign affairs critic Don Davies said the foundational principles of the House include democracy, the rule of law and the supremacy of Parliament.
“No government of any stripe is entitled to ignore these fundamental principles. … To do so is an act of autocracy and a repudiation of the basic tenets of our nation for which so many fought and died.”
Don Davies, a British Columbia member of parliament and the health critic for the New Democratic Party, called the federal response to the cyberattack "totally deficient," saying more should be done to assure Canadians that medical systems are safe.
"We've had radio silence from the Trudeau government and from Liberal MPs, and that's extremely concerning given that this is a serious breach of Canadians' personal data," Davies told CBC News Friday.
"We're talking about a responsible, judicious, sensible, targeted relaxation of patent rules for the purpose of facilitating the production of life-saving vaccines," Davies said. "I think that's not only a responsible position, I think it's the only ethical and, frankly, is the only pragmatic decision."
It’s time we treat drug use/addiction as a health issue, rather than a criminal one. The BC NDP government's call for decriminalization is an important step in that direction. This morning I joined CBC’s Early Edition to discuss the way forward for Canada.
NDP MP Don Davies said that the cumbersome nature of the process to apply for a record suspension is daunting the people who need it most.
"The people who need pardons, particularly from pot charges, are typically the least able to access that process. They are the most marginalized Canadians — young people, Indigenous people and people of colour," Davies told CBC News
"One would hope that when the prime minister speaks, he knows what he's talking about and it's accurate," NDP MP and health critic Don Davies said in an interview withThe Fifth Estate.
"So he either was mistaken or he was misleading, and I think it's incumbent on him to explain which of those it is. What we do know is that we didn't produce 250,000 doses in Canada in November in Montreal."
NDP MP Don Davies is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to act quickly to introduce a single, secure, national proof of vaccination after CBC News reported that cybercriminals are offering to sell fake Canadian provincial vaccination certificates online.
"If the federal government hurried up with a national vaccine passport, it would cut down on the opportunity for forgeries and alternatives as well as provide an effective and efficient standardized and convenient passport for all Canadians," said Davies, the NDP's health critic in the last Parliament.