PM Trudeau on COVID-19 response, support for veterans' groups – November 10, 2020
At a news conference on Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes an announcement and provides an update on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. He is joined by federal ministers Anita Anand (public services and procurement), Lawrence MacAulay (veterans affairs), and Dominic LeBlanc (intergovernmental affairs), as well as Dr. Theresa Tam (Canada’s chief public health officer) and Dr. Howard Njoo (the deputy chief public health officer).
The prime minister calls on provincial and local authorities to make the right decisions regarding public-health restrictions, as the number of new COVID-19 cases remains high across the country. He announces the government is providing $61 million to Manitoba First Nations to help in their fight against COVID-19. The federal government is also making a $20-million investment for the creation of a Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund, aimed at providing assistance to veterans’ organizations that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The prime minister announces as well that the government has signed an agreement with Becton, Dickinson and Company to purchase 7.6 million rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen tests, which can provide results within 15 minutes.