Discussions to take place Thursday on the acceleration of the COVID-19 vaccination between Federal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his provincial counterparts could well turn sour.
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Earlier this week, Trudeau said he was “frustrated” that doses were delayed in being given to citizens of different provinces. In Quebec, for example, 48,632 people had received a first injection as of Thursday, while Ottawa had sent just over 88,000 doses.
“We don’t want to see vaccines in freezers. We want to see them in the arms of vulnerable Canadians, ”the Prime Minister said on Tuesday during his first press conference of the new year.
He pledged to raise the issue with his provincial counterparts during their meeting on Thursday. The virtual exchange is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
One thing is certain, the premier of Quebec, François Legault, did not digest Mr. Trudeau’s remarks.
“We could vaccinate four times as many people as we are doing now, but we do not have enough doses,” he replied Wednesday, urging Ottawa to press the accelerator with the sending of larger deliveries.
“I want to send a very clear message to Justin Trudeau: instead of lecturing the provinces on standards in CHSLDs and on vaccines, let him first take care of getting our vaccines supplied more quickly and that it takes care of better monitoring the follow-up of travelers returning to Canada, ”added Mr. Legault.
Remember that Quebec recently changed its approach to administering doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Initially, a certain number of doses were kept in the bank to ensure that the booster vaccine could be given, 21 or 28 days apart, to the first people inoculated. It has since been abandoned in order to distribute a first dose to as many people as possible.
Ontario, like Quebec, wants more doses from the federal government.
“We’re going to run out of vaccines soon,” said Premier Doug Ford. At the same time, he admitted that Ottawa was doing everything possible to send more doses.
Deliveries are also expected on Friday. By the end of January, Ottawa estimates that 1.2 million doses will have arrived on Canadian soil.