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Canada needs more help with COVID-19, prominent U.S. vaccine expert urges White House

The Capitol is seen in Washington, early Wednesday, April 28, 2021, as President Joe Biden prepares to address House and Senate lawmakers on his first 100 days in office. Biden will speak before a pared-down gathering of mask-wearing legislators due to coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — A prominent Texas doctor is urging the United States to do more to help Canadians get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Dr. Peter Hotez, a familiar face to cable news viewers in both countries, says the U.S. has a moral obligation to expand vaccination beyond its borders, including in Canada. 

Hotez, a vaccine expert and dean of the school of tropical medicine at Baylor University in Houston, says Canada is just 10 per cent of the entire U.S. population — most of them living near the border. 

He says he was taken aback by the overwhelming response from Canadians when he made the call on Twitter over the weekend. 

Pressure is mounting on President Joe Biden to go beyond sharing a growing surplus of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which is approved for use in Canada but not the U.S. 

Advocates want certain World Trade Organization limits on intellectual property eased so developing countries might be better able to develop and manufacture vaccines. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 4, 2021. 

The Canadian Press