Justin Trudeau – Trudeau speaks with Moderna CEO, remains confident most Canadians will be vaccinated by Sept.
The opposition parties aren’t buying assurances from the Prime Minister that Canada is on track to receive all of the COVID-19 vaccines it ordered, amid a temporary delay in shipments by Pfizer–BioNTech.
Conservative health critic Michelle Rempel Garner is expressing concern that a possible European Union ban on vaccine shipments could cause major disruptions in the supply to Canada.
Trudeau minister today: “There is no EU export ban on vaccines”
Me in QP: “what about tomorrow”
Trudeau Minister: “There is no export ban”
Germany (where most of Canada’s vaccines are manufactured): https://t.co/Xr7d5p99cx
— Michelle Rempel Garner (@MichelleRempel) January 26, 2021
Justin Trudeau says he is “very confident” Canada is going to get all the doses promised by the end of March.
Late Tuesday, the Prime Minister sent out a tweet saying he spoke to Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel, who informed Trudeau that Canada will receive additional vaccine shipments “in a timely manner”.
This morning, I spoke with Moderna’s CEO, Stéphane Bancel. He confirmed that we’ll receive doses in a timely manner and that the delivery of our orders is on schedule in the coming weeks and months. We’re on track to have every Canadian who wants a vaccine get one by September.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 26, 2021
“We’re on track to have every Canadian who wants a vaccine get one by September,” Trudeau said.
Europe – like Canada – is being shorted on deliveries from Pfizer as the company slows production to expand its plant in Belgium.
But recently, AstraZeneca also informed Europe that production issues will reduce initial deliveries of its vaccine, which Europe is expected to approve for use later this week.
With files from The Canadian Press