A year ago no one had any vaccines. Canada was placing orders in late July and early August for candidates that were still in trials. The earliest *application” for HC approval was seven months ago. First approval, five months ago. #cdnpoli
The Oxford-AZ vaccine, produced in the UK, received UK approval on December 30th. In Canada, Moderna was approved on December 9th and Pfizer on the 23rd. In the US, the same two vaccines were approved on December 18th and December 11th respectively.
And AZ has still not applied for emergency use authorization in the US.
Pfizer received approval in the UK on December 2nd.

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28 Apr
Watching local (YYC) Global News is an exercise in comedy. One clip about a local cider brewer somehow servicing its 66th nation never made any sense whatsoever. I think it was about changes in supply chains as bars and restaurants close... /2 #cdnpoli @GlobalCalgary
...necessitating the change in packaging from kegs to cans. It was never said, but I guessed that maybe the brewer in question was now acting as a sales agent for canning equipment - but that was pure guesswork. /3
3/ Following this was a lovely bit about a family donating a pile of land near Red Deer as an animal sanctuary. Badgers were mentioned but the clip showed a creepy crawly of some sort. Salamanders were mentioned over a picture of a red-berried bush. WHAT? /4
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26 Apr
Sigh. Can someone *please* teach CBC The National's reporters that mortgage debt is not the same thing as fiscal management. #cdnpoli @CBCTheNational
The life of a mortgage is related to that of a human borrower (unless it is assumed by another human borrower). The horizon of a nation is indeterminate. That is, that nation's debt is not related to someone's lifetime.
Furthermore, the nominal amount of a deficit or accumulated deficits (debt) is irrelevant, though the CBC loves to use those numbers for shock value. The metric of interest is the cost of servicing the debt, and that has been in decline for more than a decade...
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24 Apr
Saturday afternoon musing. It should come as no surprise that the Covid debate is polarized. On one extreme, we've got the let-it-all-hang-loose social Darwinists. Let's go forward with whomever is left standing from this hoax (Internal inconsistency? No problem). /2 #cdnpoli
2/ The other extreme believes that the virus and its variants were going to be geographically isolated. All that would be needed is rules. Everyone would keep them, humans being so very rational and compliant. /3
3/ Governments are dealing with these very real extremes. Limit "freedoms" and the loophole-seekers see only a red-flag challenge. Take no action whatsoever and let doctors, nurses, and coroners deal with the result. /4
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23 Apr
I find it so interesting that people think that a constantly mutating virus mutates somewhere else, just because, and that we can reasonably hermetically seal Canada from the entire world while still having food and other basics of life. #cdnpoli
And then the same people who believe that possible complain about social supports that add to the debt. In a pandemic.
It's not like Canada is so precious that we are somehow immune to having a variant emerge in the Canadian population. It's not a purity test.
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22 Apr
Naively hoping for business news I turned on BNN only to get Ian Lee and Amanda Lang in conversation. The term “social infrastructure” is dangerous! Spending on citizens can’t be equated to spending on something concrete, say pipelines and railways! /2 #cdnpoli @BNNBloomberg
2/ The government is dangerously normalizing the word investment as it applies to people - say childcare - but childcare doesn’t produce anything! This wasn’t a debate. It was two people articulating (with animus) their view that the non-concrete isn’t infrastructure. /3
3/ Incredibly, Ian Lee equated government spending on anything progressive as going on a big drunken blowout on one’s credit card. Mr. Lee should know that fiscal management is not the same as a credit card.
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19 Apr
Sigh. Reporter with Global National asks Chrystia Freeland whether Canada can "pay off" the deficit. Perhaps that reporter meant debt, which is accumulated deficits. Anyway, we don't focus on paying off anything, we focus on servicing the debt. /2 #cdnpoli
2/ Canada has carried debt since 1867. We have prevailed as a first world nation for more than 150 years. The consideration of interest is the sustainability of the debt. And the Canadian debt is sustainable because interest rates are very low: historically so. /3
3/ The government adopts a debt-management strategy by which it apportions the debt across different instruments having varying maturities, taking advantage of medium- and long-term interest-rate bargains.
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