The province announced on Wednesday that BC would initially implement the vaccine for two sites, one in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region and one in the Fraser Health Region.
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At her briefing on Thursday, Regional Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry explained the reasons for the secrecy.
“It revolves around information we have received internationally and from Canadian agencies, for example, that there has been a comprehensive attempt to try and disrupt the cold chain and undermine immunity programs,” she said.
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“We all need to make sure that we take the appropriate precautions to ensure that it is safe and that it is not damaged during the whole process,” Henry added.
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Henry said there are also security issues around ultra-low temperature freezers at vaccine deployment sites.
BC RCMP confirmed that the vaccine is safe around the clock.
In an email, the staff sergeant. Janelle Shoihet says the force is “working closely” with the Ministry of Health on “planning and distribution of vaccines” and will be engaged throughout delivery.
“For operational reasons we can’t provide more specific details regarding our characters, and we keep playing,” she says.
In addition to the involvement of Henry RCMP, the Department of National Defense is also engaged in security around the vaccine roll out.
“We take advice and support from them from BC,” she said. “They are also there to provide support and advice at our Emergency Operations Center. So it is very comforting to know that we are all talking to each other.”
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Earlier this month, Interpol issued a global alert for law enforcement, warning that organized crime could target the vaccine both physically and online.
“As governments prepare to vaccinate, criminal organizations are planning to infiltrate or disrupt supply chains,” said Interpol Secretary-General Jurgen Stock.
“Criminal networks also target unsuspecting members through fake websites and false remedies, which pose a significant risk to their health and even their lives.”
Federal officials said the vaccine would be shipped to Canada for the first time.
British Columbia is expected to receive 4,000 doses at some point next week.
As the supply chain improves, the province hopes to expand the vaccine to 30 sites around BC
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