Article content continued
“We need certainty from the federal government. We need to know which type of vaccine we will be getting, because each vaccine will come with unique requirements and potential challenges,” he said.
The federal government has said only so far that vaccines will arrive in the first quarter of next year, possibly as early as January.
Ford said they need a week-by-week delivery schedule, so they have the staff and the resources on hand to vaccinate people.
“Without a clear understanding of how many vaccines we will get, it is impossible to plan.”
Trudeau said more details will come soon and he is confident in their plan for the vaccination campaign.
“Canada is well prepared for large scale rollout of vaccines. This will be the biggest immunization in the history of the country. We must reach everyone who wants a vaccine, no matter where they live.”
Procurement Minister Anita Anand said the government did consider making vaccines here at home, but without the proper facilities they were convinced buying from international suppliers would be quicker.
“While we explored the possibility of domestic manufacturing with a number of vaccine developers, the quickest path to supplying vaccines to Canada would be from their international suppliers,” she said.
We need to do what we can, right now, to make it through these coming months
She said the government has invested in domestic manufacturing, but those facilities will take time to get up and running.
“We are not precluding the domestic option, but we are ensuring that Canadians have access to vaccines. As soon as they are approved by Health Canada.suppliers.”