Trudeau expects most of Canada to be vaccinated by September

Moe 'troubled' as Trudeau admits Canada may wait for COVID-19 vaccine

Trudeau's September timeline was echoed by deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo, who had last week suggested the possibility of a fall goal line for vaccinating the majority of Canadians.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Canada topped 340,000 on Tuesday, including 11,500 deaths.

Trudeau announced Friday that Maj.

"I think the question we all have is: is it going to be safe?"

The European Medicines Agency is "very hopeful" it will be able to give a positive scientific opinion before Christmas, its executive director said on Wednesday.

Asked whether any Canadians could receive a shot before the end of the year, Sharma said several things are happening at the same time - regulatory reviews, manufacturing, distribution - which makes it hard to pinpoint dates.

Earlier this week, Trudeau said that his government may have secured more vaccines than people, but admitted that Canada no longer has the ability to produce such a large scale of vaccines at home.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a meeting on 10 December at which members would discuss Pfizer's vaccine.

If all goes well, and if US pharmaceutical giants are able to meet delivery timelines, PHAC has said as many as six million doses could be deployed in the first three months of 2021.

Trudeau called it the "greatest mobilization effort Canada has seen since the Second World War". He noted the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany have mass vaccine-production facilities but Canada does not.

Known as the National Operations Centre, Fortin will head up the logistics and operations within the centre.

"Canada is well prepared for large-scale roll-outs of vaccines, but this will be the biggest immunisation in the history of the country".

Fortin most recently served as the Chief of Staff for the Canadian Joint Operations Command. "He had previously indicated that when a vaccine is ready, his government has contracts signed to procure sufficient quantities of the vaccine for all Canadians and in a timely manner". Will the vaccine be distributed to provinces on a per-capita basis as we've been told would happen? "We've been engaged, understanding that a vaccine was the way we were going to get through this pandemic", Trudeau said.

The news follows more alarming daily COVID-19 case numbers from Ontario, which reported a record 1,855 new cases, and 20 more deaths on Friday. Trudeau restated that as the country waits for vaccines, the standard public health measures still need to be taken.

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