TORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to make an announcement today at Queen’s Park.
Ford returns today after having to cancel its participation in an ad in Brampton, Ont. Tuesday at the last minute due to an “unexpected, but not COVID-related, non-urgent medical appointment. ”
On Tuesday, Health Minister Christine Elliott led the press conference in place of Ford and announced that officials planning the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario are now speaking directly with the manufacturers of seven different vaccine candidates.
Speaking to reporters after visiting a Brampton warehouse owned by pharmaceutical distribution company McKesson on Tuesday, Health Minister Christine Elliott said efforts are underway to ensure Ontario will be able to distribute vaccines as of December 31.
“We know this will be the largest logistics company we have had in Ontario in a generation,” she said. “We need to send this vaccine to every corner of this province. This is no small feat and we know we cannot do it alone.
Several companies, including Pfizer and Moderna Inc., have already applied for emergency use authorization in the United States, but they will need to get their vaccines approved by Health Canada before they can be distributed.
British authorities on Wednesday cleared a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, marking the world’s first vaccine against the disease, backed by science.
Health Minister Christine Elliott will join the Premier in the announcement on Wednesday afternoon.
CTVNewsToronto.ca will air the announcement live at 1:30 p.m.
With files from Katherine DeClerq of CTV News Toronto