Some COVID-19 variants have been said to be significantly more transmissible, and the Green Party for Canada is concerned with the government’s response.

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The Green Party of Canada is concerned with Canada’s response to the COVID-19 variants emerging around the world. (Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

The Green Party of Canada is asking for an emergency debate on the government’s response to the COVID-19 variants that have emerged in Canada.

According to medical reports, the variants from the UK, South Africa, Brazil, and Japan are significantly more transmissible.

 “The Green Party has consistently called for a national strategy and taskforce on COVID-19 to coordinate a unified national response, and now, with the spread of these new variants threatening to explode exponentially, it is crucial that we convene to address this,” said Green Party leader Annamie Paul.

Green MPs are concerned that there have been moves to ease restrictions precisely at a time when federal health officials have recommended that we maintain, or even increase, such measures in response to these new variants. 

“The urgency of the situation cannot be overstated. Given recent roadblocks in vaccination rollouts we need to be even more vigilant in our response. We must do all we can to prevent more deaths from this deadly virus and ensure that our healthcare systems are not overwhelmed.said Paul, in a press release by the Green Party of Canada.

Green MP Paul Manly (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) wrote to the Honourable Anthony Rota, Speaker of the House requesting an emergency debate.

Manly said that there is an urgent need to debate whether the country should shift gears from bending a curve to going to zero cases or as close as possible.

Yousef Al Khodari

Yousef Al Khodari is a first-year student at Ryerson University where he studies Journalism with a minor in biology. He is passionate about sustainable development, climate change, and human rights for journalists across the world. Thanks to his science and journalism background, he is interested in diplomacy, education for development, global public health, access to justice, and wildlife conservation. He is looking forward to helping people learn more about environmental issues and the Green parties that exist all around the world.

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