It’s been a tough year but with a light at the end of the tunnel, now is not the time to drop our defenses against the Prime Minister’s coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.
« Our fight against this virus is far from over, even as we prepare to say goodbye to 2020 – and break free of it, » said Trudeau. “It may be holiday time, but we need to be more careful than ever. ”
Vaccinations against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, began this week almost a year after the pandemic changed the lives of many people in Canada and around the world.
As Canada launches the biggest vaccination campaign in its history, Trudeau is confident the country has the planning and expertise to get the job done.
While this is good news, the Prime Minister warned that there is still a long way to go.
Trudeau confirmed on Friday that Canada would have 500 by the end of January. 000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine is received, with 125 per week. 000 doses of the vaccine arrive.
Four million doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive in Canada by the end of March, Minister of Procurement Anita Anand said at a separate press conference on Friday. That’s enough to vaccinate two million people.
Vaccine update: In January we get 125 every week. 000 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine – 500 total. 000 cans this month. With the guaranteed millions of doses coming to our country in 2021, any Canadian who wants a vaccine can get one.
In Canada, doses of the Moderna vaccine are expected to arrive before the end of December pending regulatory approval. More are expected in the first few months of 2021.
Priority groups come first with the goal of getting vaccines to the majority of Canadians by the end of summer.
« With the guaranteed millions of doses in 2021, any Canadian who wants a vaccine will get one no matter where they live, » Trudeau said.
But that promise of a future vaccine won’t help if you contract COVID-19 while waiting for your deployment, Trudeau said.
« Getting a vaccine in a week or a month won’t do you any good if you get COVID-19 today, » Trudeau said. “That’s why we have to keep working to stop the spread of COVID-19. So keep following the public guidelines. ”
In Canada, the daily case numbers rise to a new level in the days leading up to the Christmas holiday season. More than 7. 000 confirmed cases of the virus were confirmed Thursday. This marks a new daily milestone as infections continue to rise at a worrying rate.
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Two of the largest provinces – Ontario and Alberta – also hit dismal milestones this week. Ontario recorded a new record of daily cases, while Alberta recorded the highest number of deaths in a single day since the pandemic began.
In the hardest-hit parts of the country, pressure is mounting to tighten restrictions further, especially as hospitals come under increasing pressure. Doctors in Ontario have called for more shutdowns, bed-deprivation warnings, and increased deaths if patient numbers continue to rise.
Hospitals in Alberta and Quebec warn of similar results. Many have been forced to cut back on healthcare and elective surgery to care for COVID-19 patients – an indication that things are headed for the worst, experts say.
Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine has already been distributed in a number of provinces. A second vaccine from Moderna is expected to be approved by Health Canada soon. 168. 000 cans are expected to arrive in the country before the end of the year.
The U. . S.. . The Food and Drug Administration is also working to obtain emergency approval for the vaccine. U. . S.. . Vice President Mike Pence hinted at the upcoming approval when he received his vaccination during a live television event on Friday morning.
« The American people can be confident: we have one safe vaccine and maybe two in a matter of hours, » said Pence.
The good news about vaccines has led many health professionals, including Canada’s top doctors, to warn people about losing their vigilance, especially as the busy holiday season approaches.
« It is important to remember that the vast majority of Canadians are still susceptible to COVID-19, » said Canadian chief medical officer Dr. . Theresa Tam said in a statement on Thursday.
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