The federal government has signed orders for millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines from a variety of foreign pharmaceutical companies, and Canada has been pushing the global community to ensure equal access for all, said Trudeau.
Bernstein said the vaccine task force became so concerned about Canada's lack of vaccine capacity that it created a subcommittee to look into the issue and make recommendations. Earlier this year, it said the facility would be able to produce 250,000 vaccine doses per month as of now.
Besides, Trudeau said they had the best, most diverse portfolio of vaccines anywhere in the world. "And when are Canadians going to get these vaccines", an impassioned Rempel Garner said during question period in the House of Commons Wednesday.
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Canada has a purchase deal to buy at least 20 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine, with the first four million of those on track to arrive before the end of March.
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But he said the government is working to ensure that the vaccines will be distributed quickly, even if it's not clear when.
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Early in the pandemic, the government invested in two separate vaccine manufacturing facilities, one at the University of Saskatchewan's VIDO-InterVac facility and another at a National Research Council facility in Montreal.
At the start of the pandemic, Canada made virtually no personal protective equipment inside our borders.
Dr. Paul Hodgson, associate director of the Saskatchewan facility, said they hope to have their manufacturing capacity ready late in 2021, but it is a complex process and bringing the equipment online takes time even once construction is complete.More news: AstraZeneca CEO says new global trial on COVID-19 vaccine likely