Canada targets January for coronavirus vaccine introduction

Canadian authorities reported more than 390,000 cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday. (File)

Ottawa [Canada]:

The Canadian government is targeting January as the starting point for delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine across the country, Canadian Tsar Major General Denny Fortin said at a press conference.

“We’re tough on it… so that when we’re ready, we’re sure [the vaccine] is coming in January,” Denny Fortin told reporters Thursday.

Last week, the government installed Denny Fortin as vice president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada. He said the government brought in the military in the spring to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

Denny Fortin explained that the military will conduct a “dry run” of the plan on December 7, with provincial distribution points by December 14, and should be fully ready by December 25.

He said the federal government would contract with private logistics companies for delivery, with the contract awarded by December 15.

To date, the Canadian government has entered into agreements with seven biotechnology companies to move into production to procure their vaccines.

Canadian authorities on Tuesday reported more than 390,000 coronovirus cases and more than 12,300 fatal incidents related to the virus.

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