Trudeau says former North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander will lead COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Trudeau says former North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander will lead COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Arianne Reza, an assistant deputy minister with Public Services and Procurement Canada, said vaccines should be ready for distribution soon afterward.

"I was very concerned and frankly quite troubled to hear the Prime Minister's (Justin Trudeau) comments yesterday that Canada may be at the back of the line when it comes to receiving a vaccine", Moe said.

There, the prime minister lays out the contracts and the number of doses the federal government has lined up from three companies that have vaccine candidates.

"They raise serious questions about the contracts that have been signed", he said.

"What are the delivery dates in the contracts?"

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry appealed for people to respect store and restaurant employees as she raised recent confrontations by aggressive customers who refuse to wear masks at indoor public places.

Canada now has deals to buy more vaccines per capita than any other country.

The Premier said he will take Trudeau at his word and continue working closely with the feds but stressed they need more details. Canadians who may have thought they'd be at the head of the line for vaccines were advised of a somewhat different scenario on Tuesday.

"The fact that the doctors highlighted that if all goes according to plan, we should be able to have the majority of Canadians vaccinated by next September, puts us in very good stead", Trudeau insisted.

However, because Canada has no domestic production capacity for vaccines, it will not be the first country to see our population vaccinated.

But while promising vaccine news offered "light at the end of the tunnel", Trudeau said "we must hold on a little longer".

Waiting game: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier this week that Canada has no capacity to manufacture the leading Covid-19 vaccines domestically, meaning Canadians may have to wait longer than other countries like the USA, the United Kingdom and Germany to receive immunizations.

As for the lack of any domestic capacity to create vaccines, the government says it is investing millions of dollars to rebuild the sector.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed to MPs that the country is on track to receive an initial six million doses by March, with four million from Pfizer and two million from Moderna.

Federal data shows Alberta, with 1,227 new cases Friday, had the second-highest infection rate in Canada with 208 cases per 100,000 people.

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