Breaking: Moderna cutting shipment to Canada due at end of April from 1.2-million doses to 650,000 doses.
Moderna has also indicated that 1 to 2 million doses of the 12.3 million doses scheduled for delivery in the second quarter may be delayed until the third quarter.
Moderna told Canada that this is due to a slower than anticipated ramp up of their production capacity and is affecting a number of countries.
Minister @AnitaOakville 's office says "We are disappointed, and while we understand the challenges facing suppliers in the current global market for vaccines, our government will continue to press Moderna to fulfill its commitments."
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18 Apr
The EU is vaccinating at a slower rate than Canada. Canada is currently behind only the US in daily vaccination rates among G7 countries.
Vaccines alone won’t do it. Michigan is way ahead of Canada in population with at least one dose. Look at Michigan:
I mean Pfizer is literally made in Michigan.
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16 Apr
PM @JustinTrudeau announces that Canada has reached an agreement with Pfizer for an extra 8-million doses. 4-million doses will come in May. 2-million in June. 2-million in July.
This is on top of existing deliveries.
New totals:
8-m Pfizer in May.
12-m Pfizer in June
This means from May to June Pfizer should deliver enough doses for the balance of the adult population to get its first shot by Canada Day.
9.2-m doses administered as of yesterday.
3.5-m inventory
2-m Pfizer coming in April.
20-m Pfizer coming May/June
J&J doses TBC soon.
Pfizer has been delivering 1-m doses a week like clockwork for several weeks. That will rise to 2-m a week in May. 2.5-m a week in June.
Pfizer has quickly become the spine Canada's vaccine rollout.
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18 Mar 20
Government of Canada announces $27-billion in direct support to Canadians and business.
A further $55-billion to meet liquidity needs for businesses and households through tax deferrals
That’s an $82-billion package.
That’s 3% of GDP.
This aid package creates two new programs that will provide the equivalent of EI benefits to people who get sick, isolate, quarantine or provide care to sick family.
Also to people who lose their job or are self employed and don't qualify for EI.
So everyone is eligible for help
This aid package also offers a 10% wage subsidy to small business for up to 3 months so they can keep people on payroll.
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17 Mar 20
So we've been getting some questions over the seeming contradiction in Canada saying everyone should and can come home, while also saying you will be denied the right to board a plane if you have symptoms. I will try to clear that up in a few tweets 1/x
Any Canadian who gets to the border will be admitted. This is your right as a citizen. You will be allowed in even if you're sick.
But an airplane is not a border crossing. You have no right to board a plane if you are sick.
So if you are sick and can walk, ride, bike, bus, drive, train etc to the border, you will be allowed in. You will be assessed either in person or by phone by public health. Then given instructions to either self-isolate or be handled by a quarantine officer 3/x
Read 5 tweets
8 Mar 20
One of the comforting things about Canada’s response to covid-19 is that public health officials are the main spokespeople & appear to be the prime decision makers. Politicians at all levels & all stripes are either riding shotgun or in the back seat. A non political response.
As such there’s been no false bravado about the state of things. They’ve been clear the Virus will hit Canada & it will spread. They’re just trying to limit & slow it as best they can. And in absence of a true vaccine information has been their vaccine. Telling people the truth.
Politicizing a possible pandemic and playing games with the public health response is about the most irresponsible thing a leader of any kind could do. This is just too important for games or fake solutions. Listen to the experts.
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20 Feb 20
FWIW here's what I can add to the coalition story reported by colleagues @MikeConnors and @DavidMaherNL
The talks are real. PCs. NDP. Paul Lane. And at least 4 Liberals. They are advanced. But not finalised. Dwight Ball's resignation may have taken some of the momentum away 1/x
@MikeConnors @DavidMaherNL There is a broad agreement on sharing cabinet posts across party lines. Those specifics aren't there.
The Liberals need to see what happen with the rules and process to replace Ball, who might run, who might win. That could change things drastically. 2/x
@MikeConnors @DavidMaherNL There is a sense that the endless cycle of patronage controversies, the House of Assembly bullying scandal, the Gerry Byrne versus the world controversies have crippled the house's ability to do meaningful work 3/x
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