Now more than ever we need to show our valuable health workers our support by explicitly including them in the capacity planning equation, and implementing protective policies and practices. Otherwise, we’re left with one hand clapping.
Even if Canada does not have official coronavirus shortages today, we are vulnerable to them. Let us use this pandemic as a wake-up call to finally pay attention to the problem of drug shortages plaguing health-care delivery for years and now threatening to jeopardize our response to COVID-19.
Time will be the ultimate judge. However, the numbers so far indicate that Canada’s approach has been vastly more effective than Sweden’s in keeping down the relative number of cases and deaths. Indeed, most countries share Canada’s, not Sweden’s, approach in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.
We call on governments to include Canada’s charitable sector in their plans to stabilize and protect what is most important—the health and well-being of Canadians.
It’s time the federal government used its authority to create critical data infrastructure.