#Canada; #Covid19Vaccine; #Pfizer
Ottawa, Nov 26 (Canadian-Media): In spite of the reassurance from the Federal officials on Nov 26 that Ottawa has a plan to procure and distribute millions of COVID-19 vaccines in early 2021, top civil servants still don't know how and when Canadians will be vaccinated due to a number of uncertainties, media reports said.
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Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer, said the federal government will leverage the Canadian Armed Forces and an existing influenza vaccine distribution network to help with deployment but the limited supply of vaccine supply would be targeted to "high priority groups" only — seniors in long-term care homes, people at risk of severe illness and death, first responders and health care workers and some Indigenous communities, among others.
A larger rollout will follow once supply chains stabilize and regulators approve more vaccine candidates for use in Canada.
He cautioned, however, that it's an "optimistic projection" and the details are far from certain right now.
Needles and syringes needed for vaccinations, which will be shared with the provinces and territories, Njoo said, have been stockpiled by the federally run National Emergency Strategic Stockpile (NESS), with storage sites across the country.
A cold storage has also been purchased by the federal government for the promising Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, should they be approved for use here in Canada.
There's been a much of preparation behind the scenes and the government will provide more information about logistics, distribution and allocation at a later date.
Purchasing agreements with five different pharmaceutical companies, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Medicago, Pfizer and Moderna Canada has so far finalized, while agreements with Johnson & Johnson and Novavax are being finalized now.
Final decision on the Pfizer product, has reported a 95 percent effectiveness rate, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to be made on Dec. 10 and around the same time. Health Canada is expecting to give approval for that product.
#Canada; #Covid19Vaccine; #SaskatchewanPremier; #OppositionParies; #HouseOfCommons
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was again questioned by Scott Moe, the premier of Saskatchewan and the opposition parties in the House of Commons over his government's efforts to buy and distribute COVID-19 vaccines, media reports said.
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"I was very concerned and frankly, quite troubled to hear the prime minister's comments yesterday that Canada may be at the back of the line when it comes to receiving a vaccine," Moe said.
On Tuesday, Trudeau said that his government has signed contracts with seven companies to provide Canada with more than 350 million doses of vaccines, ensuring a supply from whichever vaccine is proven to work, but Canada lacks the ability to manufacture a vaccine the way the U.S., U.K. and Germany do.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc told virtually to Power & Politics Nov 25 that, contingent on regulatory approval, Canada will start to receive coronavirus vaccine doses in January 2021.
Trudeau blamed the Conservatives for Canada's inability to produce COVID-19 vaccines domestically.
#Canada; #BillMorneau; #WeCharityProbe; CanadaEthicsCommissioner; #MarioDion
Ottawa, Oct 30 (Canadian-Media): Conflict of interest investigation into Canada's former Finance Minister Bill Morneau's relationship with the WE Charity Canada has partially been dismissed by the Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion, the Office of the Ethics Commissioner said.
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"I can confirm that Commissioner Dion did inform former Finance Minister Bill Morneau yesterday that some of the allegations in his examination were discontinued," Office of the Ethics Commissioner spokesperson Maha Achkar said in an email on Thursday.
The Office of the Ethics Commissioner said it cannot comment further as other parts of the investigation are ongoing, the spokesperson said.
Morneau was cleared by Dion of wrongdoing relating to a $30,830 previously uncovered expenses during family trips to participate in the charity's projects abroad.
"I accept that you genuinely believed you had paid for the entire cost of both trips, including the portion of the trip that involved the use of non-commercial chartered aircraft," Dion said in a letter to Morneau, as quoted by the CBC.
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Morneau remains under investigation, the third against Morneau during his five years in office, for failing to recuse himself from the decision to award the WE Charity a $670-million sole-source contract to administer a government-sponsored student volunteer program.
After facing growing backlash, Morneau resigned Aug 17 as Fin minister and as a parliamentarian.
#ElectionsSaskatchewan, #SaskatchewanLegislature, #Saskatchewan29thProvincialElection, #SaskatchewanMajorityGovernment
Saskatchewan, Oct 26 (Canadian-Media): Saskatchewan's 29th provincial election, the third provincial election held in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, polls opened Monday morning as the Saskatchewan Party seeks a fourth consecutive mandate, media reports said.
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Voters casting a ballot in-person today are being strongly recommended by Elections Saskatchewan to wear a mask at the polls and stay home if feeling unwell.
A record-breaking 119,394 voters had already attended Advance poll by Oct 22.
61,225 Saskatchewan residents have received mail ballots.
Although voters would cast their ballots in-person Oct 29 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, the results of the polls are not expected to be available to Elections Saskatchewan after polls close tonight.
Ballots sent by mail will only begin to be counted on Wednesday to account for the mail ballot results.
Formation of a majority government requires thirty-one seats.
During the dissolution of Saskatchewan Legislature at the end of its fixed four-year term, the Saskatchewan Party held 46 seats and the New Democratic Party held 13. The remaining two seats in the 61-seat legislature were vacant.
#Canada; #LiberalGovt; #ConservativeParty; #HouseOfCommons
Ottawa, Oct 22 (Canadian-Media): Canada Liberal government's feeling victorious by surviving a confidence vote on a Conservative motion to create a special committee to probe the government's ethics and pandemic spending, was short-lived, media reports said.
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The Canadians thought since the Liberal Govt had survived the confidence vote, there would no need for them to head to the polls for a snap fall election.
But, the Conservatives were given another chance to put a motion before the House of Commons, this time with the proposal more aggressive than the earlier one.
According to the proposal, the health committee would be called to launch a study "on the emergency situation facing Canadians in light of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic," with 16 specific points of emphasis, requiring a detailed release of government documents, memos, and correspondence from nearly a half-dozen offices and departments including the Prime Minister's Office, Health Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
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#Quebec, #Canada, #Covid19; #PartialLockdown; #FrançoisLegault
Quebec, Oct 16 (Canadian-Media): Quebec Premier François Legault said Oct 15 during a news conference that the current partial lockdown, which is already halfway through a 28-day period is yielding the desired results.
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The latest data on the evolution of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours in Québec revealed 969 new cases, bringing the total number of people infected to 89,963.
Due to the fluctuating spike in Coronavirus cases in Quebec, the government had to resort to the drafting of a long, complex list of activities that were prohibited or allowed only under certain circumstances.
In addition to the ban on social gatherings, bars, restaurant dining rooms, gyms and movie theatres have been closed.
Repeating his comments he made earlier this week, Legault said Christmas gatherings will likely not be permitted this year.
He added that it was too soon to say exactly what the guidelines will be this winter, but that Quebecers should be prepared for a smaller holiday season.
According to suggestions by some that more restrictions be kept in place after the current wave subsides, as opposed to returning to the level of freedom enjoyed in the summer, which would avoid the need for disruptive lockdowns.
When asked earlier this week whether Legault intended to continue applying the approach of going back and forth between states of confinement and freedom, he said that he did not see much of an option.
"When you look at just about every other country in the world, they played yo-yo, he said. "What we have before us is an extraordinary situation. No one has been through this before," said Legault.
#Canada; #COVI19AidBill; #Liberals; #ConfidenceVote; #HouseOfCommons
Ottawa, Sep 30 (Canadian-Media): COVID-19 aid bill, Bill C-4 has been unanimously passed by Canada's House of Commons, after being supported by Bloc Québécois and the Conservatives, in the early hours of Sep 30 enabling the minority Liberal government to survive its first pandemic-era confidence test, media reports said.
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The new legislation would replace the $500-per-week Canada emergency response benefit (CERB), which ended last weekend after helping almost nine million Canadians weather the pandemic's impact, and would enable people affected by the pandemic to access more flexible and generous employment insurance (EI) policy.
Those who still do not qualify for EI can have access to a new Canada recovery benefit.
The unanimous passing of the Bill also assures that at least for now there will be no election as COVID-19 cases spike across the country.
A new sick leave benefit, and a new caregiver benefit for those forced to take time off work to care for a dependent because of the pandemic, are also included in the new legislation.
The Bill still needs to be passed by the Senate, which is scheduled to meet Sep 30 to deal equally quickly with the bill.
#Ontario, #LongTermCareHomes; #ChangeOfVisitingPolicies
Ottawa, Sep 29 (Canadian-Media): Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Oct 29 at his daily news conference that long-term care visiting rules in areas with high community spread of COVID-19 are being changed with Ontario reporting 554 new cases of COVID-19.
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78 confirmed active cases in residents on Sep 29 had caused an increase of 14.71 percent in the confirmed active cases in Ontario, which reported outbreaks in 46 long-term care homes.
"We can't let COVID-19 get into these homes." Ford said.
Although indicated by provincial officials that Ottawa, Peel and Toronto would fall under that umbrella, but did not clearly state any other regions.
Ford said effective Oct 5 visitors to long-term care homes in high risk areas would be restricted to staff, essential visitors and essential caregivers only and added that up to two individuals can be essential caregivers, the province says.
Ford also said the province is investing $540 million into the long-term care sector, which will go toward helping facilities with containment measures, staffing supports, renovations for infection control, and getting personal protective equipment (PPE).
The province is ensuring that every long-term care home in the province has a two-month supply of PPE, Ford said.
#Canada; #HealthCanada; #Covid19VaccineCanditates; #AstraZeneca; #OxfordUniversity
Ottawa, Sep 25 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today during a news conference in Ottawa Sep 25 that a deal has been signed with AstraZeneca on access to a vaccine prospect now being developed at Oxford University to secure another 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.
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The federal government already has reached vaccine agreements with Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Pfizer and Moderna, for a total of 282 million doses.
"We've been guided by science since the very beginning and right now, both the COVID-19 vaccine task force and the immunity task force are doing important work to help us identify the most promising vaccine options and strategies," Trudeau said during a news conference.
There is no approved vaccine yet for COVID-19, though there are many in clinical trials and in development.
The global market is "intense and unpredictable,"said Anita Anand, Public Services and Procurement Minister during the news conference and added, "When a vaccine is ready, Canada will be ready."
Equipment and supplies needed for vaccine manufacturing and packaging, including immunization equipment such as syringes, needles and alcohol swabs is also being procured by the government of Canada.
Evidence on safety, efficacy and manufacturing quality of each individual vaccine would be reviewed by Health Canada to before they are made available to Canadians.
#Ottawa, #SpeechFromTheThrone; #CanadaParliament; #CanadaSenate; #JuliePayette
Ottawa, Sep 25 (Canadian-Media): The Speech from the Throne which opens every new session of Parliament was delivered Sep 23 by Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government’s agenda.