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e-2845 (Human diseases)

Initiated by Alexandre Rodgers from Sherbrooke, Quebec

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • We need multiple vaccines to meet global demand, yet we know little about which of the 160 or more vaccines in production actually work;
  • COVID-19 human challenge trials would quickly narrow the field of promising vaccines and answer essential biological questions about COVID-19, potentially saving tens of thousands of lives;
  • Human challenge trials have been indispensable to our understanding of other infectious diseases, like malaria, cholera, and influenza, and would similarly offer an unprecedented level of insight into COVID-19;
  • Over 1,600 Canadians have already volunteered to take part in a COVID-19 human challenge trial;
  • The risk to young healthy volunteers is on par with other acts of public service, such as living kidney donation; and
  • Thousands of people are dying every day from COVID-19, and we urgently need to help those who are most vulnerable with accelerated vaccine development.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to publicly announce a plan for COVID-19 human challenge trials.
Open for signature
September 18, 2020, at 11:50 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 18, 2020, at 11:50 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Marcus Powlowski (Thunder Bay—Rainy River)
October 22, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00145)
Photo - Marcus Powlowski
Thunder Bay—Rainy River
Liberal Caucus
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