Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro holds a news conference at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary to announce a $143-million investment through his government’s latest budget that will fund five new, priority health capital projects. The investment includes $23 million, plus a significant contribution from the Calgary Health Foundation, to expand the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Foothills hospital. The minister is joined by Jason Copping (MLA for Calgary-Varsity); Prasad Panda (infrastructure minister); Dr. Ted Braun (vice-president and medical director of clinical operations, Alberta Health Services); Mike Meldrum (president and CEO, Calgary Health Foundation); and Molly and Patrick Wilding (parents to newborn Gianna).
Minister Shandro also responds to questions from reporters on the backlog of surgeries caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the easing of restrictions in Alberta, and the distribution of vaccines following the recommendation from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) that doses can be effectively administered up to four months apart. (no interpretation)