- Canada has rejected a plan to vaccinate residents inside a U.S. border tunnel using surplus COVID-19 vaccine from Michigan.
- A Canadian mayor has proposed a plan for residents to be stung inside the Detroit-Windsor tunnel.
- “Our government will not let this happen,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.
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Ah, Canada …
The Great White North reportedly turned down an original plan for Canadians to be vaccinated against the coronavirus inside a US border tunnel using a surplus of hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccines from Michigan.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens of Ontario had proposed a plan for residents to be stung inside the Detroit-Windsor tunnel in the Detroit River, the Associated Press reported.
The idea was to have Canadians stand along the border tunnel where a white stripe was painted to mark the border and have health care workers inoculate them along the border itself.
“We’re not trying to send a man to the moon here. We are using the infrastructure to achieve a common goal, ”Dilkens said, according to the AP. “This is a sensible and reasonable alternative to landfill vaccines. “
But now the plan, Dilkens said, “is dead.”
“Our government will not let this happen,” the mayor said.
The Canada Border Services Agency rejected the proposal, telling Dilkens that the makeshift tunnel clinic could disrupt traffic and have “significant security implications,” the AP reported.
In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada has explained that problems could arise if the person administering the vaccine accidentally reaches the white stripe of the tunnel in the country.
“A vaccine cannot be imported into Canadian space without the express consent of Health Canada,” said agency executive vice president Kathy Thompson, according to the AP.
Michigan has 500,000 vaccines set to expire in early August, the outlet reported, citing a spokesperson for the state health department.