Kenora MP Eric Melillo says he’s making Canada’s ability to secure more COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible his number one priority in the House of the Commons.
“Over the last couple of months, the number of vaccines being purchased by the federal government is very slow-paced. We’re hoping to see things pick up very shortly.”
Canada has purchased 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was approved by Health Canada on Friday. 500,000 additional doses of their vaccine are expected to come to Canada by the end of March.
Two other companies, Johnson and Johnson and Novavax have submitted COVID-19 vaccines to Health Canada for approvals. Canada’s already purchased $10 million doses from Johnson and Johnson, before receiving approvals.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that every Canadian who wants to get vaccinated will be able to by the end of September 2021. Ontario plans to move into phase 2 of its vaccination plan by March 15, by vaccinating seniors over the age of 80.
Melillo, who also serves as the Shadow Minister of Northern Development and FedNor, praised the work of local frontline and essential staff who have been working nonstop to prepare the community to receive the vaccines.
“We have amazing frontline workers and people on the ground that are ready to go. They’ve done great work to position us in a place where we can be successful, once we get these vaccines rolling in.”
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case, is asked to self-isolate, get tested, and remain in isolation until your test results are known.