Canada, as a country, is not serious about collecting enough plasma. In fact, with the exception of Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and the U.S., no country is serious about collecting enough plasma. In each of these countries, commercial plasma collection centres compensate people for giving plasma. In all other countries, they are not so compensated. And every country that does not have commercial paid plasma centres imports therapies from the countries that do.
Earlier this week the Biden administration once again made protectionism official U.S. trade policy in issuing the Executive Order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers. Of course this is not new. Whether Republicans or Democrats occupy the White House, protectionism remains good politics as it has since the first Buy American policy came to be in the 1930s. Of course, history shows clearly that this very protectionism exacerbated the negative effects of the Great Depression. But as the saying goes, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. So here we are.
Nobody denies the primary priorities of vaccination for COVID-19: almost universally, both governments across the world and civil society have joined hands to agree that front-line workers (who have been suffering and dying while caring for their populations) and the elderly, who are overwhelmingly at risk of death by COVID.