Trudeau pledges $214M to home-grown COVID vaccine push as cases mount

Cheryl Sanders
October 26, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is slated to speak to media at 11:30 a.m. today in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is trying to offer Canadians modest hope about progress in testing and vaccine development after Canada notched an all-time single-day high of new COVID-19 cases Thursday.

"We've worked extremely hard with companies around the world to secure Canadian access to vaccines", said Trudeau.

The federal government has also reached an agreement with Medicago to purchase up to 76 million doses of their vaccine once it's ready and approved, Trudeau said.

It will also provide funding for a production facility in Quebec City.

Ottawa is also investing $18.2 million in a potential vaccine from British Columbia's Precision NanoSystems.

In a press conference Friday, Trudeau was asked where Canada is at when it comes to securing a potential vaccine for the virus, and when that vaccine might be available for Canadians.

Trudeau said he is hopeful that vaccines can be used in the early part of 2021.

"Reasonable expectation is that vaccines could start to arrive sometime in the new year but even then, there will be smaller amounts of doses that will have to be distributed to priority populations, I think of most vulnerable or our frontline workers".

However, he noted that the work has to be done first to ensure that new medical services or equipment like tests or vaccines are safe when they're distributed.

112 Albertans are in hospital with 14 in intensive care.

Tam said authorities need the public's help to rein in infection rates through practices such as limiting in-person contacts, wearing masks and physical distancing. "That means the impacts extend across society not only by affecting those who become ill, but also by impacting the health, social and economic systems that affect our overall well-being".

"We're coming at this at from every angle", Trudeau said.

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