Ontario premier provides update on COVID-19 vaccination plan amid shortage

Positive signs in Canada’s COVID-19 numbers, but we’re not out of the woods yet

Federal Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole said that while he wants the government to succeed for the sake of all Canadians, their vaccine program has been frustrating to watch.

"It is achievable, we can get back there", Williams said. "We can not accept this kind of failure - not with so much at stake", O'Toole said. "Every time he moves, I would be saying, 'where's our vaccines'".

"Alberta Health Services is working as hard as possible to make sure that people know what to expect and when they can, and how they can, book their second doses", Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Tuesday at a news conference. "Why not Canada? That's my question to Pfizer".

Ontario's Premier Doug Ford commented on the announcement saying he was "very angry" and said with a Pfizer manufacturing plant in MI, less than six hours away, the United States should help out their neighbour.

Pfizer still planned to meet commitments to supply up to 4 million doses of the vaccine by the end of March, he said.

Krystle Caputo said 57 residents, 43 staff, and two essential visitors have tested positive for COVID-19 at Roberta Place. After the first dose is given, the patient gets their booster shot 21 to 27 days later in order to complete the vaccination.

The province says it has administered over 224,000 doses across Ontario so far. Only 25,000 of those people have had their second shot and are fully vaccinated.

An announcement that Canada will not get any Pfizer-BioNTech next week means Alberta will have to change its vaccination rollout plan and concentrate on giving second doses to those who have already been vaccinated, the province's health minister says. Vera Etches, says that while there will be challenges in the coming weeks, significant progress was made on vaccinating residents of long-term care homes. Health officials said this is because the elderly population has a weaker immune response, and risks should not be taken.

As of Monday's COVID-19 update, more than 87,000 British Columbians have received the vaccine against the coronavirus.

According to the province, more than 83,000 long-term care residents, workers and caregivers have rolled up their sleeve and more than 40 per cent of all homes have received their first doses.

Ford said he was angered by the news, and said he didn't understand why Canada was affected by the vaccine delay.



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