PM Trudeau on COVID, Allegation Against Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin – May 18, 2021

COVID-19: Canada Responds

PM Trudeau on COVID, Allegation Against Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin – May 18, 2021

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 François-Philippe Champagne (innovation), Anita Anand (public services and procurement) and Patty Hajdu (health), 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 Canada will receive an additional 9 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in July. He also announces a federal investment of nearly $200 million to help Mississauga-based Resilience Biotechnologies mass produce vaccines domestically. Trudeau faces questions from reporters about the departure of Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin as head of Canada’s vaccine rollout amid a military investigation into a misconduct allegation. Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie has been named as Fortin’s replacement. The prime minister is also asked about Quebec’s French-language legislation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.