Ontario Premier Doug Ford on COVID-19 response, new ICU beds, vaccine supply – January 18, 2021
During a news conference at a Vaughan hospital, Ontario Premier Doug Ford makes an announcement and provides an update on his government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He is joined by provincial ministers Christine Elliott (Health) and Stephen Lecce (Education), as well as by the mayor of Vaughan, Maurizio Bevilacqua, and the president and CEO of Mackenzie Health, Altaf Stationwala. The premier announces a $125 million dollar investment to add over 500 critical care beds to hospitals in areas most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A portion of this funding will be dedicated to the temporary transition of Cortelluci Hospital into a resource supporting the province’s COVID-19 response. Ford also comments on the expected delay in deliveries of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine doses.