This is a somewhat complicated question, and I’m posing it because I don’t know the answer.
A cursory reading of the various press outlets across the country paint the villain as the respective provincial governments, which is in my opinion absurd. The vaccination shortage is being reported country-wide (indeed worldwide), which indicates that this isn’t an issue of provincial health authorities ordering too few doses of the vaccine. Indeed, in Nova Scotia the provincial health authority requested 1.4 million doses of the vaccine (our population is ~900,000). Really, the provincial governments are guilty of poor communications handling, but they aren’t responsible for the vaccine shortfalls. If any governmental body is responsible, it is the federal government, which ordered up 50.4 million doses of the vaccine from supplier GlaxoSmithKline in August. Which begs the question: whose fault is it? Presumably GSK has failed to deliver on their $400M contract to deliver the requested number of doses of the vaccine. Was 50.4 million doses impossible for one company to produce in three short months? I hope not. Hopefully a company as large as GSK has the collective brains to calculate their own production rates and would sub-contract to other suppliers if their production capacity fell short. Wouldn’t they? Did the contract include specific timelines, and did GSK meet any specified goals? Was there a federal team from Health Canada supervising the production to make sure that the order was completed in a timely manner? These specific questions need to be asked and answered to get a clear idea of exactly who dropped the flu ball. Probably other questions, too, but smarter people than me can come up with those.