At a news conference on Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The update comes as the first vaccinations against the coronavirus disease continue in Canada. The prime minister is joined by Anita Anand, the federal minister of public services and procurement, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, the deputy chief public health officer, and Major-General Dany Fortin, vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada and head of the country’s vaccine distribution efforts.
The prime minister announces that Canada will receive up to 168,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by the end of December, pending Health Canada’s approval of the vaccine. Deliveries could begin within 48 hours of federal regulatory approval. Trudeau also announces that another 200,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be delivered to Canada the week of December 21. This batch is part of the 249,000 doses that Canada will receive by the end of 2020 from its initial shipment of Pfizer’s vaccine. (December 15, 2020)