Thursday, 21 January, 2021


Premiers get details about vaccine rollout in meeting with PM

Provided by The Canadian Press Provided by The Canadian Press
Patty Aguilar | 28 November, 2020, 04:17

"We're going to continue to do everything we can to deliver for Canadians, listening to experts working with top people to make sure that we're doing this, right, and quickly and safely for all Canadians".

Singh blamed both Trudeau and the Conservatives for Canada being unable to produce their own vaccines, saying that the PM ultimately "chose to side w/ Big Pharma".

In the first of many news conferences promised to the Canadian population, federal health officials began communicating Thursday how a COVID-19 vaccine could be rolled out. That would have put Canada in a better position todayas COVID-19 cases surge, costing lives, filling up hospitals and holding back the economic recovery. Each patient will need two doses of Pfizer's vaccine.

Bernstein said the vaccine task force became so concerned about Canada's lack of vaccine capacity that it created a subcommittee to look into the issue and make recommendations.

When asked why he didn't appoint a military liaison earlier, when the US has had one in place for months, Trudeau said his government is doing "its very best" and work on the distribution plan has been ongoing for some time.

Canada is in the middle of a second wave of the virus and daily cases regularly hit record highs despite increasing efforts by the 10 provinces to clamp down on businesses and curb gatherings.

Fortin most recently served as the Chief of Staff for the Canadian Joint Operations Command, but has also served as the commander of NATO's Iraq mission.

Canada has a purchase deal to buy at least 20 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine. "We must reach everyone who wants a vaccine, no matter where they live".

"The Canadian Armed Forces will assist on planning, including to meet challenges like cold storage requirements, data-sharing, and reaching Indigenous and rural communities", Trudeau said. "He had previously indicated that when a vaccine is ready, his government has contracts signed to procure sufficient quantities of the vaccine for all Canadians and in a timely manner". The agency declined last week to predict how long its review would take, but both Pfizer and US Health Secretary Alex Azar have said the FDA could authorise the vaccine in mid-December.

Ontario called on the federal government to immediately disclose its allocation plan, noting reports that other countries have already announced plans to receive doses. Numerous provinces continue to shatter records for daily cases and hospitals in parts of Canada are struggling to deal with the surge in cases.

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