Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, is expected to provide an update on Tuesday on the country’s efforts to fight the coronavirus, as many provinces face an increase in cases amid a second wave.
Tam will provide an update alongside Deputy Director of Public Health Dr Howard Njoo and talk about the government’s COVID-19 vaccine deployment plan.
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The press conference will begin around 12 p.m. ET and will be televised live on this page.
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It comes a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canadians could start receiving the Pfizer vaccine as early as next week – pending its approval by Health Canada, which he says is expected this week.
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Trudeau explained that since the vaccine requires two doses, the initial shipment of up to 249,000 doses will go to the same people – meaning Canada not only has to get the vaccine doses to Canadian communities, but then has to get out of the way. ensure that the selected Canadians who receive the first jab equally all get their second shot no more than three weeks later.
“We hope that Health Canada will approve the vaccine this week and that we will be able to deliver this vaccine next week,” Trudeau said.
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