US President Joe Biden suggested on Wednesday that the United States could offer surplus vaccines to Canada as the Canadian government struggles to vaccinate its population, CP24 reports.
"We're looking at what is going to be done with some of the vaccines that we are not using... and we hope to be able to be of some help and value to countries around the world," Biden said, following up his comment by discussing a conversation he had with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
"We helped a little bit there," Biden said in regard to his conversation. "We're going to try to help some more."
He also described Trudeau as "a fella who is working really hard to take care of his country and deal with this."
Canada is not the only country which may receive vaccination support from the United States, however, with Biden suggesting that the United States may be able to help vaccinate Central Americans.
"It's in process. We don't have enough to be confident to send it abroad now, but I expect we'll be able to do that," he said.
The United States has already shipped 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Canada, as well as 2.5 million doses to Mexico.
The comments come as Canada continues to lag behind the United States in vaccination rates. Approximately 40 percent of Americans have received at least on dose of the coronavirus vaccine, while a quarter of the population has been fully vaccinated. About half as many Canadians have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and a little more than two percent of the Canadian population has been fully vaccinated.