Alberta government blocks federal COVID alert app, says Trudeau

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Jason Kenney’s government is blocking the use of the federal COVID alert app in Alberta, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an Edmonton radio interview on Friday.

“(The app) will be much more useful when the province decides to give people the option to plug in the codes,” Trudeau said in an interview with 630 CHED.

“That’s all that’s missing, and we really hope people use every tool they can to fight COVID-19.”

The comments come three months after the federal government launched the COVID Alert app.

While some provinces took longer to register than others, the app now works in all provinces except Alberta and British Columbia.

Alberta released its own app called ABTraceTogether in the spring, but it faced functionality and privacy issues.

The province said the delay in logging into the federal app stems from the fact that the 247,000 accounts created on the provincial app can be “transferred” to the federal app.

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