Moe 'quite troubled' by Trudeau's comments about vaccines

Moe 'quite troubled' by Trudeau's comments about vaccines

Trudeau replied that Canada has the best portfolio of potential vaccine contracts of any country in the world and blamed the Conservatives for Canada's inability to produce COVID-19 vaccines domestically.

Canada has reached agreements to procure up to 194 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with the option to purchase an additional 220 million more. Mr. Trudeau wouldn't say when Canadians can look forward to the return to normal that would come with a vaccine roll-out.

Countries like the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Spain have announced aggressive vaccination plans, with the shots expected to be rolled out in mid-December.

If the vaccines get approved, Public Health Agency of Canada president Iain Stewart confirmed Canada's contract is to secure four million doses from Pfizer and two million from Moderna between January and February.

Trudeau has said Canada has contracts with all three manufacturers for doses.

He also acknowledged that other countries were likely to vaccinate their own people first, before sending doses overseas.

"We used to have it decades ago, but we no longer have it", he said.

"One is like making wine, one's like making Coke", Andrew Casey, the CEO of BioteCanada, told The Canadian Press Wednesday.

Moe said Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman asked those questions during a conference call Tuesday with his federal and provincial counterparts. "When will we receive the vaccines in respective provinces?"

Canada has signed deals with seven vaccine makers to get millions of doses of vaccines if they are approved by Health Canada.

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet said the federal government should have moved sooner to help obtain manufacturing rights and beef up production capacity on Canadian soil.

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc told CBC News Network's Power & Politics that none of the vaccines that have shown promise so far has been approved by regulators in Canada, Europe or the US, but he would be talking to the premiers on Thursday about the government's plans to roll them out.

"The member opposite was asking what happened to domestic manufacturing in Canada; the Conservative government happened to domestic manufacturing", Trudeau said.

That facility could be the start of a larger manufacturing and pandemic centre, said Bernstein.

LeBlanc wouldn't say what specifically the contracts say in terms of licensing and schedules for delivery, but disputed that Canada is at the back of the line and said that the number of doses coming to Canada will increase over time.

The tests can produce a result in as little as 20 minutes but are considered less reliable than standard testing.

It was also not clear how many tests Ontario actually has. But the province disputed this, saying it had so far received only 1.3 million tests.

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