Canada should not even have to ask.
US President Joe Biden and his Administration should already have been on the phone to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offering Canada Covid vaccine doses.
With their embassy in Ottawa and seven consulates across Canada, the Americans know Canadians have been very seriously impacted by short-term shortfalls in Covid vaccine deliveries from BOTH Pfizer and Moderna suppliers overseas.
American plants are turning out vaccines by the multi-millions … but the US is sharing with no one!
Yes, their country … with 27 million Covid cases and more than 436,000 deaths … is in much worse shape than Canada, or any other country.
But to date, more than 39 Million Americans have already been vaccinated (11.8 per 100 population): in Canada, only 1.04 million have been able to get the jab (2.8 per 100).
Whatever happened to that North America children of a common mother family relationship our political leaders praise so often; our common cultural community bonds celebrated with festivals on both sides of the border, our supposed unity in the face of adversity, so often pointed out to the rest of the world?
Our federal government has promised (they wouldn’t lie to you, would they?) millions of doses of vaccine will arrive before the end of March … but in the meantime, Canada is suffering from a life-threatening vaccine shortage.
The Americans should realize at a time like this, we are in the same continent-sized lifeboat.
Vital supplies, in this case vaccine, should be shared, not equally, but at least to some extent across the border … to benefit BOTH countries.
The Canada/US 5,000 mile common border is shut tight … communities and businesses on both sides of the line are suffering personally and economically every day.
But I put it to you, US border towns/cities are hurting more.
Hundreds more AMERICAN towns and cities along the 49th parallel than Canadian towns and cities depend on and are being negatively impacted by the loss of cross-border Canadian shoppers, diners, visitors.
Just ask the Chambers of Commerce in Bellingham, Wa., Plattsburg, NY, Minot, ND, Buffalo, NY, Burlington VT, and Point Roberts, Wa.
Biden should realize it is in AMERICA’S best interests to get that border open … and it will NOT happen until the vast majority of residents on BOTH sides have been vaccinated.
And providing Canada with a share of US-produced vaccines NOW … rather than wait until our millions of doses arrive LATER would be a wise investment!
Not to mention … but let’s … it would be nice to see a little concrete appreciation for the sacrifices Canadians have made so many times over and over again to come to the aid of our American neighbours … WITHOUT BEING ASKED!!!
Has the US forgotten how Canadian diplomats put their own lives at risk to rescue and hide US diplomats in Tehran when Iranian revolutionaries overran the US Embassy? And then helped them escape that country!
Have Americans already dismissed the sacrifice/heavy price paid by Canada, standing by US-led military efforts in Afghanistan … suffering 2,071 casualties, 159 deaths?
How the US forgotten that, when the tragedy of 911 hit them, Canadians responded immediately, providing safe haven coast to coast to many THOUSANDS of Americans … not just the 6,595 airline passengers and crew taken into their homes by the people of Gander, Nfld.?
How many Americans are even aware that, right now, two Canadians have been sitting in a Chinese prison for TWO YEARS, taken as HOSTAGES by the Chinese regime while on business trips there, in retaliation for Canada detaining Huawei executive Meng Wan Zhou on a US extradition warrant?
Canadian/US relations in the past have long been based on more … MUCH more … than just trade and economics.
We have long been part of a North American “family” … historically, culturally and in many, many cases even literally.
It looks like Americans today see the Canada US friendship and sacrifice as a one way street.
In times of great need, family members should never have to ask for help … or say we know you could use some help, but we are not going to share.
When the United States was in dire straits, Canadians didn’t say … “Sorry, we have to look after only our own interests”.
Canada is now in dire straits, denied Covid vaccines from contracted European suppliers.
The US should ship at least SOME of their precious vaccine doses north … on loan for a couple of months until our millions of doses arrive … to help save the most critically endangered Canadians.
That’s what WE would do for our American neighbors.
Without being asked.
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