PM Trudeau on Int’l COVID-19 Aid, Vaccine Patents, Katie Telford Testimony

COVID-19: Canada Responds

PM Trudeau on Int’l COVID-19 Aid, Vaccine Patents, Katie Telford Testimony

On Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discusses the federal government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. He is joined virtually by federal ministers Patty Hajdu (health), Mary Ng (international trade) and Karina Gould (international development), as well as by Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, and Dr. Howard Njoo, deputy chief public health officer. The prime minister announces an additional $375-million funding to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, aimed at supporting the international response against COVID-19. Trudeau faces questions on the upcoming testimony of his chief of staff, Katie Telford, in front of the Standing Committee on National Defence as part of its study of the misconduct allegations against General Jonathan Vance. He also faces questions on his government’s position on calls for waiving patents of COVID-19 vaccines. ( May 7, 2021)