Sharma said they are dedicating even more people to the process for COVID-19, but said safety is a top priority when it comes to deciding if the vaccine can be used in Canada.
Dany Fortin, the current chief of staff to the Canadian Joint Operations Command and a former commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Iraq, will head up vaccine logistics and operations within a new branch of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
McNeil said the things they can control as a government are well underway.
"I think the question we all have is: is it going to be safe?"
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.More news: Apple is extending fee waivers for digital classes on the App Store
It has also been in talks with other countries to ensure equal access to vaccines for all, Trudeau added, with the expectation that the first doses will start to arrive in Canada in the early months of 2021.
The U.S. armed forces, working with pharmaceutical distribution giant McKesson and shippers like FedEx, will distribute millions of Pfizer vaccines doses to all 50 U.S. states the day after that product gets the necessary approvals from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is expected to happen on December 10. They peppered Health Minister Patty Hajdu with questions about it at a committee hearing in the House of Commons Thursday night, including about Canada's own vaccine production capacity, details of the negotiations to get the Can-Sino vaccine from China which fell apart in the summer, and when Health Canada first learned the Pfizer vaccine needed specialty freezers to keep it at temperatures below -70C.
"And then we're going to have to figure out all of those shipments", she said.
"This will be a major effort but together, Canada can, and will, do this", Trudeau said.
Sharma said that it can normally take up to a year for Health Canada to review a vaccine and grant its approval. He said it could require an investment of up to $1 billion.More news: Unknown source attacks oil tanker near Saudi Arabia
The prime minister spoke with provinces again Thursday evening about the COVID-19 response and said the federal government is offering the latest information it can, after frustration and confusion about timelines and plans bubbled over this week.
"We have continued to work with the provinces on vaccine delivery logistics, since last spring".
"We won't have the vaccine tomorrow, we probably won't have it in just a few months", he said.
As Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam reported on Friday, Canada is now averaging 5,300 new daily cases a day, with continued "rapid growth", in many parts of the country.More news: Farmers clash with police in protest over farm laws