PM Trudeau provides COVID-19 update, announces Pfizer booster shot deal – April 23, 2021
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update in Ottawa on the federal government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. He is joined virtually by federal minister Bill Blair (public safety) and Anita Anand (procurement). The prime minister announces that Canada has reached an agreement with Pfizer for 35 million booster doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for next year and 30 million in the year after. This deal includes options to add 30 million doses in both 2022 and 2023 and an option for 60 million doses in 2024.
He also faces questions about military misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces and the federal government’s recently announced 30-day suspension of flights arriving from India and Pakistan due to concerns over the spread of variants.