Ontario Premier Doug Ford has said he wants a clear delivery date for the province’s share of the COVID-19 vaccines, stressing that “time is running out” to fight the novel coronavirus.
Ford says he has asked the federal government for clarification on how much vaccine the province will receive and when, but he has not got the answers he needs.
The Prime Minister says he is about to speak to Pfizer, one of the drugmakers that has struck a deal with Canada, this afternoon, but expects to be told that the information must come from Ottawa.
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Ford says he continues to see reports that other countries, like the UK, are on track to start COVID-19 immunizations soon and that Ontarians “need answers.”
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Meanwhile, U.S. biotech company Moderna says the first 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to the United States next month.
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Ontario and Quebec, the two provinces with the most COVID-19 cases, reported 1,746 and 1,333 new infections today respectively, as well as eight and 23 new deaths from the virus.
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In the east, six new infections were reported in New Brunswick today, while Newfoundland and Labrador reported one.
On Sunday, the federal government announced it would extend a series of travel restrictions intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 in January, in light of the steady rise in the number of cases across the country.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Health Minister Patty Hajdu said in a statement that the measures, which were first adopted near the onset of the global health crisis, would be in effect until January 21. 2021 for travelers entering Canada from a country other than the United States.
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