Canada Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine – December 9, 2020
Scrums, news conferences, committees, conferences – highlights from the working day in Canadian politics:
Ministers Anita Anand (Public Service and Procurement) and Patty Hajdu (Health) respond to questions about Health Canada’s approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. This is the first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for use in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on December 7 that Canada would be receiving up to 249,000 of its initial doses of the vaccine this month.
During Question Period, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responds to questions concerning the government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and more.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole speaks with reporters after a weekly meeting of his party’s caucus about Health Canada’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. O’Toole is also asked about the federal government’s medically-assisted dying legislation (C-7). Conservative MPs have raised concerns over the bill and have delayed a final vote in the House of Commons.
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh discuss the federal government’s medically-assisted dying legislation and health transfers to the provinces.