Letter: Poor vaccination job so far

Editor:

We are quite literally at the mercy of our governmental leaders.

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I take little pleasure in agreeing with the opposition, which opposes government policy simply on political principle.

But it is abundantly clear that our federal government has not done a good job, or even an adequate one, when it comes to COVID- 19 vaccine procurement.

The chaotic mess of a country to our south, with no national health plan, has managed to vaccinate 30-million citizens in the midst of a change of government and civil upheaval.

Meanwhile, here in the country where Tommy Douglas engendered pride in our medical system, we have fewer than one-million citizens vaccinated. And there won’t be many more in the next few weeks.

Middle-aged Americans are getting their vaccinations while we can’t even yet inoculate our octogenarians.

The federal government may not be able to correct its past handling of this issue, but it certainly needs to actually prepare for the future.

Dan Byrne

Kamloops

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