Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that the federal government will be investing $214 million for made-in-Canada vaccines, including $173 million to Medicago to advance their vaccine candidate and create a production facility in Quebec City.
Trudeau was joined by Procurement Minister Anita Anand, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo, alongside other ministers.
As of Friday, Canada has a total of 209,184 COVID-19 cases and 9,862 deaths. Nearly 23,500 people have recovered from the virus. Tam said Canada is testing nearly 75,000 people daily.
Following Thursday night’s U.S. Presidential debate, Trudeau said Canada is hoping everything runs smoothly during the election and added that whoever is president in the years to come, they will continue to stand up for Canadian interests.
When asked about why Ontario received more rapid tests than Quebec, where the COVID-19 situation is worse, Tam briefly explained how distribution system works, but also promised to look further into the situation.
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