EDITORIAL: Smug won’t kill COVID

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South Africa has a similar system. Not surprisingly, it too, has detected the new mutant strain.

It seems unlikely that the two countries with advanced science in this area are the only two with the mutant strain within its borders.

It seems more likely that the advanced science they have developed has detected it, while other countries with less sophisticated testing simply haven’t found it yet.

Canada has now confirmed the presence of cases of the U.K. variant here on home soil. But we did not find these cases proactively. It was only after Britain identified it were we able to look for it.

Canada has been behind the curve throughout the pandemic.

Health Canada dragged its feet approving rapid testing kits.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must have a sore arm from patting himself on the back over the vaccine roll-out.

For those millions of people awaiting a shot in the arm, it’s a long time coming – from other countries.

We were slow to shut down flights from China at the beginning of the pandemic. Our land border with the U.S. may be closed, but flights are arriving every day – with few checks.

We have the brains. We have scientists. Let’s stop being so smug and unleash our own fight against the virus and stop relying on other countries do it for us.