While vaccine-hesitant Michigan residents twiddle their thumbs and post on Facebook that they ain't getting none of them Bill Gates microchip shots, nuh-uh, they got an immune system, our polite neighbor to the north would like to say a few words:
Send them to Canada, eh?
More than 37,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been spoiled or wasted in Michigan out of more than 10.8 million doses delivered to the state.
While the amount is very small, it has doubled in the last couple of weeks, going from 17,586 doses as of May 10 to 37,053 doses as of May 25, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services — a far cry from earlier this year when practically no doses were wasted as vaccines were in high demand and short supply.
But in Canada, vaccines are scarce and demand is very high. And health officials are saying, essentially, you gonna finish those fries? and would be happy to take those spoiling doses off Michigan's hands.
In order to tap into this potential boon, Canadian officials say they have discussed a host of possibilities, from meeting in the middle of one of the bridges or the tunnel that connects the two countries, using a duty-free store as a vaccination site, having a bus at the end of a bridge on the U.S. side, or even paying for a border patrol agent to be on a bus taking Canadians to and from a vaccination site in Michigan.
Unfortunately, it's not as simple as that. Travel restrictions remain in place, as well as quarantine restrictions for anyone coming back to the country. But common sense may yet prevail, as health officials agree that it's in everyone's best interests that we work this out.