The government is watching “a number of threat indicators” as coronavirus vaccine doses arrive in Canada and travel into different communities, according to the man who is leading the charge on Canada’s vaccine distribution plans.
Threat indicators are behaviours that are consistent with a threat.
“As I indicated before, there are a number of threat indicators that we are closely monitoring between the agencies, intelligence service, the law enforcement agencies,” said Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
“The appropriate level of information is shared down the line to provinces and territories, to the law enforcement agencies, so that they take concrete actions.”
Mr. Fortin’s remarks came less than a week after B.C.’s top physician. alluding to a “concerted effort” aimed at disrupting the vaccine distribution chain in Canada, she kept secret around vaccine storage locations due to this potential threat.
“It’s really around information that we’ve received internationally and from Canadian agencies that there has been a concerted effort to try and interrupt the cold chain, for example, and to sabotage immunization programs,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said, speaking to reporters on Thursday.
“We all need to make sure that we are taking appropriate precautions to make sure that it is safe and that we can make sure that it’s not tampered with during that whole process.”
The International Criminal Police Organization -Interpol has also paid attention to the security of the vaccine supply chain. The International Security Organization issued a global warning to law enforcement on December 2, warning them that vaccines could be targeted by nefarious actors.
Interpol Secretary-General Jürgen Stock said: “As governments are preparing to roll out vaccines, criminal organizations are planning to enter or disrupt the supply chain.
“Criminal networks will also be targeting unsuspecting members of the public via fake websites and false cures, which could pose a significant risk to their health, even their lives.”
Vaccine doses began flowing into Canada on Sunday evening, with the first needles going into arms on Monday – and the government is slated to seriously ramp up its supply next week.
Major General Fortin added that intelligence agencies, law enforcement and distribution companies involved in the process are monitoring indicators of threats associated with the vaccine distribution.
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