Justin Trudeau reiterates that temporary delays in deliveries from Pfizer will not impact Canada’s ability to vaccinate all Canadians who want it by the end of September.
“Through this process, it’s normal that there are unforeseen events,” he says.
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Earlier Friday morning, Pfizer announced delays in the delivery of its coronavirus vaccine due to redevelopment at its European facilities.
Federal Supply Minister Anita Anand estimates that six million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will arrive, as planned, in Canada by the end of March, despite the temporary delay in deliveries of Pfizer.
In addition, the Prime Minister urges Canadians to maintain their efforts in the fight against COVID-19 to prevent hospitals from having to choose who to give an intensive care bed or not.
“We don’t want to be there,” he said at a press briefing in front of his residence at Rideau Cottage.
“To bend the resurgence curve, urgent, constant and important efforts are required as much from individuals as from local authorities”, hammered Friday the chief administrator of the federal agency, Dr. Theresa Tam, while she featured new projections of the spread of COVID-19 across the country.
In the short term, Ottawa anticipates there could be up to 796,630 cumulative cases in Canada by January 24 and up to 19,630 deaths.
Slightly longer term, it is estimated that the number of daily cases could exceed the 10,000 mark by February. Such a projection is similar to the one made in December. However, the situation has since worsened, said Dr. Tam’s right-hand man, Dr. Howard Njoo.
Chief medical officers are particularly concerned about the rising rate of hospitalizations and deaths. Over the past seven days, there has been an average of 137 deaths from COVID-19 daily and 71% of deaths have been among Canadians aged 80 and over.
“People of any age can experience strong and prolonged symptoms from COVID-19,” said Dr. Tam. To date, 70 deaths have been reported in adults between the ages of 20 and 39. ”