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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the purchase of an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine during a morning press conference.
He said that with this order placed, Canada now has 80 million doses on order, which is enough to vaccinate every Canadian by September. Trudeau also said they would continue to research more vaccines, hoping to speed up the vaccination process even further.
The provinces have been informed of the doses they can expect each week until the end of February, so that they can plan ahead for distribution.
At a press conference yesterday, Premier Jason Kenney criticized the pace of the federal government’s vaccine rollout.
Trudeau also announced that the US border will remain closed at least until February 21.
Montreal Hospitals Approach Critical Triage Point, When Doctors Must “Kill People” to Save More
Describing the situation in Montreal hospitals as “really critical”, the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, once again begged Quebeckers to avoid gatherings inside, especially with people over 65, because they are more likely to need hospitalization due to complications from COVID-19.
“The situation is really critical, especially in the greater Montreal area,” said Legault in his last update on COVID-19 in Montreal on Monday afternoon. “The surgeries must be postponed; there is pressure on our emergency services. I know it is difficult, but Quebeckers are able to work as a team when necessary.
More than half of Quebecers living in long-term care facilities – 21,478 people in total – have now received a first dose of the vaccine against the deadly virus. And of the 115,375 doses the province has received to date, 80% have already been administered.