Review of Order Paper Question 2265

Review of Order Paper Question 2265

Dr. Steven Pelech, Co-Chair of the CCCA’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee (SMAC) was asked to review the Public Health Agency of Canada response to Order Paper Question (OPQ) 2265 submitted by the Hon. Colin Carrie, the MP for Oshawa.  The Question (Q-2265) is:

With regard to Health Canada’s authorization of COVID-19 vaccines, at the time of approval through the Interim Order Respecting the Importation, Sale and Advertising of Drugs for Use in Relation to COVID-19 in 2021: (a) was there evidence that the vaccines stopped people from transmitting the virus to others and, if (i) affirmative, what is the evidence, (ii) negative, what is the evidence for public messaging suggesting that herd immunity was achievable through mass vaccination; (b) why was the early initiative to track seroconversion of Canadians against SARS CoV 2 abandoned and the task force for this dissolved; and (c) why was naturally-acquired immunity not considered an appropriate form of immunity against SARS-CoV-2?

Dr. Pelech found that the response to the OPQ was highly deficient and made several questionable claims that were unsupported. He has shared his critique of the OPQ response with Canada’s Minister of Health and Parliamentary Secretary.

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