Canada’s Pandemic Response Shows Life Sciences Leadership

Ian G. McKay, CEO, Invest in Canada

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As a Canadian, I am proud of how Canada has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. #CanadaResilient.

In Canada, we have focused on protection and preparation—by protecting everyone’s health and safety and preparing businesses here for transition to economic recovery. 

Although far from perfect, Canada has fared better in dealing with this pandemic than others around the world. As The Washington Post noted in mid-July, while Canada and the United States both confirmed their first cases around the same time in January, Canada has reported, on a per capita basis, about three times fewer infections than the United States and almost half the number of deaths

Canada’s relative success in responding to COVID-19 speaks to a culture of respect for the life sciences, for professional medical advice, and for each other. As pointed out in that Washington Post article, “The Canadian people have been less divided and more disciplined” over measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Canada’s Life Sciences Sector Shines 

As dark clouds go, the COVID-19 pandemic is among the worst to hit our modern world. But we can choose to see a silver lining. For Canada, one such bright spot is that the pandemic is shining a light on the success of Canada’s innovation economy.  

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