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May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  I truly wish I had a crystal ball on this one. It's a very difficult question, although I am somewhat encouraged. As you know, recently there has been a clinical trial out of Oxford University, and from all I can understand from the popular press, they have produced over one mi

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  Unquestionably, for the multinational drug companies, much of this does come down to the quality of science, where Canada punches well above its weight. Canada truly outstrips others, despite our size, when it comes to both leadership in and conducting of clinical trials. Where w

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  I would say a number of us have raised that. I can't remember the date, but I'd be happy to share with you an op-ed piece I published before the pandemic, in The Globe and Mail, that talked about this very topic. A number of us have been talking about this for a long time as we'v

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  I would be very optimistic about people willing to engage in the discussion. I recognize there is an opportunity cost for all these initiatives and the question comes up: Is this not right, or what do we not do in order to do more of another initiative? I think this has pointed

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  No, I agree. I think if health is to continue to be mostly operated provincially, then I think there has to be a collaboration between the federal government and the provinces, but I suspect that the stockpile is advantaged by being weighted to the provinces. While I recognize

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  Monsieur Drouin, with apologies, I'm not hearing any translation. I'm still awaiting that, but as soon as I get it, I will try to answer your learned question. It didn't come through on my mike, I'm afraid. I'm sorry about that.

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  I am seeing a more rapid enrolment of clients. I would say we're not yet at the point where there are many clinical trials—phase one, phase two, phase three—but we're more into the trials of testing. There are few Canadian studies I'm aware of that are currently under way in rand

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  I believe, to my knowledge, that I can't think of a single federally funded or supported clinical trial that doesn't encourage rapid sharing. That is different for research funded by the private sector. The majority of clinical trials are, frankly, funded by the private sector.

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  I'm an optimist by nature. I hope I've conveyed that in my comments today.

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  I'd love to hope the latter is true, but I do fear the former might be true, and here's why. I think that when we take outcomes that are sometimes less than desirable—when events occur that have made, for example, a purchasing process less than fair, or questionable in terms of e

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  Yes, sadly. At a time like this, I think everyone has parked that and said, “We know there are some things we need like swabs, ventilators, reagents and personal protective equipment. Go and get them, and we will figure out the best process and follow it solidly." I recognize w

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  Especially if we're thinking about trying to encourage Canadian production of materials that are essential during times like these.

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith

Government Operations committee  First of all, when one looks back, there was no error of commission. There may have been some errors of omission. People, with the best of intentions, I think, in retrospect, would ask, “Was there good enough communication between those various levels of government and the privat

May 1st, 2020Committee meeting

Dr. Kevin Smith