Canada’s political parties pledge to rebuild a domestic pharma industry before the next pandemic

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    A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at a vaccination clinic in Dartmouth, N.S., in June 2021. Canada’s COVID-19 vaccines are all imported because this country didn’t have the capacity to produce them domestically. The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan

    OTTAWA — When the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, one of its legacies will be politicians’ public commitment to breathing life into Canada’s withered pharmaceutical industry.

    “Humans have a tendency to forget fast,” said Nicolas Petit, vice-president of commercial operations at Quebec City pharma company Medicago, in an interview with The Logic. “I think we need to consider pandemic readiness as a pillar of national defence.”

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