Atlantic Premiers Consider Reallocating COVID-19 Resources to Hard-Affected Ontario

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Atlantic Premiers say they are considering resources that can be transferred to Ontario as the province faces a severe third wave of COVID-19.

Three in four provincial leaders met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday evening to discuss what help could be offered.

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Ontario reported 4,362 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 34 new deaths, marking a third wave high and bringing the death toll in the province to 7,698.

There are 2,065 Ontarians hospitalized with the virus.

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Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin tweeted on Sunday that he spoke with Ontario Premier Doug Ford after Ford’s plea to re-ship vaccines from Atlantic Canada.

At a provincial briefing on Friday, Rankin said dropping vaccines was not an option for Nova Scotia. But, in Sunday’s tweet, he said other help may be available.

“While Nova Scotia may not be in a position to reallocate vaccines, I have asked our officials to consider what resources we are able to provide while continuing to keep Nova Scotians safe,” said Rankin said in the tweet.

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Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King tweeted on Saturday evening, saying he had asked his teams “to undertake an analysis of the current situation (in Prince -Edouard) ”.

“Our first priority remains protecting the health and safety of Islanders,” said King, adding that the province must prepare for the possible arrival of the third wave in the region.

“Even if we want to give some help to our fellow citizens in need, we must try to stay fully prepared for what we might be facing,” he wrote.

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey tweeted: “Be part of #TeamCanada means to come together – that is the power of this federation.

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New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs was not on call with Trudeau.

The province is facing a serious epidemic of COVID-19 variants in the Edmundston region, which remains under lock and key.

Higgs has expressed his willingness to see vaccines hijacked, but opposition liberals say that shouldn’t happen. In a press release on Saturday, the New Brunswick Liberals urged the government to keep vaccines in the province.

“All vaccines arriving in New Brunswick should be used in New Brunswick,” said Acting Chief Roger Melanson.

“Epidemics like the one in zone 4 can occur in any other region of the province.”

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New Brunswick is focusing on vaccinating cross-border travelers such as truck drivers and others who travel back and forth to Quebec and Maine for work.

“It’s really important that all of our cross-border activities are as protected as possible. This will limit exposure in the province, ”Higgs told reporters Tuesday.

Global News has contacted the Prime Higgs’ office and will update this article with comments.

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