The Vivaldi has cut out so I assume the newser will be starting momentarily....
Operator has said the feed disconnected, so I'm watching the CBC feed for now
500 locations will be booking appointments by early April, Kenney says.
Kenney says book as soon as you can. If you don't have a pharmacy offering a vaccine in your community, book through AHS when available.
259 currently delivering the vaccine, 1,000 waiting for the vaccines to arrive (Not sure if it's 1,000 pharmacies in 500 communities?)
[Obligatory Ottawa bashing]
A malfunction in a cargo aircraft headed to Alberta meant a delay in shipments to Moderna, which delayed vaccines at 43 pharmacies. This week's shipments will be split over two weeks.
I'm sorry for that inconvenience, Kenney says, but it's the federal government's fault.
IF, pretty big if, we'll be able to expand to 1,300 pharmacies (The numbers keep going up and up and up!!!)
Alberta is ready, they're working on more ways to get to a vaccine
Health Minister Tyler Shandro says this represents a doubling in the number of pharmacies able to provide vaccines.
"We think Alberta has got it right," Shoppers Drug Mart president Jeff Leger says, since Alberta was the first to allow community pharmacies to administer vaccines.
Dean asks about any potential lifting of restrictions on Monday given the rise in variants. Kenney repeats comments off the top that were cut off for those on the line.
Kenney says key metric was hospitalizations (Metric also includes declining cases, which has not been the case)
He said we've stopped seeing the decline, they've plateaued. He says they are concerned about growth in variants of concern. He says so far it has not become a dominant strain yet.
"We have enormous flex capacity" in the health care system he says
(Different tone from CMOH Dr. Hinshaw yesterday)
Chris Varcoe asks about news of litigation in the U.S. by Attorney generals of Texas and Montana. What's your reaction? What's the best option to recoup the investment in KXL?
Kenney thanks the 21 states challenging the decision. He spoke to officials in Montanta yesterday. In touch with Texas.
No final determination made. Still discussing with TC Energy. Retained U.S. legal advice two to three months ago about what to do to get back $$$.
"We've got six months to file"
What do you expect for indoor gatherings? Easter gatherings? What about GraceLife Church?
Kenney says they haven't made a final decision about step 3, but says key metric is fewer than 300 people in hospital.
On GraceLife he says politicians do not micromanage decisions of RCMP.
We're giving you guys follow up and you're bundling them all together anyway, Kenney tells the reporter.
Q: Is on how you prevent queue jumping.
Shandro says they're operating on the honours system. "We have all the faith in the world Albertans know they want the most vulnerable..." to get vaccines first.
On GraceLife: what message does it sends that charges were laid then dropped?

Shandro says decisions shouldn't be micromanaged and influenced by politicians.
Pastor's lawyer says if he's released, he fully intends on holding a service in violation of the rules. What's your message to that church?
Shandro says the reason cases have come down is because Albertans have followed public health measures, including faith communities.
Shandro says whether its this one pastor or others, flagrantly disregard public health measures, it's rare. OThers are doing their part.
We have to take care of not just ourselves, but the most vulnerable around us, he says.

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