‘Every Canadian’ should be able to get a coronavirus vaccine next year: top official

One of Canada’s top doctors says Canada is in a good position to provide coronavirus vaccine access to “every Canadian who wants one” in 2021, but many will have to wait while initial supplies roll out.

In the first of a new round of weekly press conferences that will outline the government’s vaccination roll-out plans, deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo said the country is in a strong position to distribute vaccines once they become available.

The initial roll-out, he said, will focus on three core groups: those at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19, those at high risk of transmitting it to vulnerable people and essential workers.

“Over the past several months there has been a great deal of preparation taking place behind the scenes to ensure Canada is well-positioned to obtain COVID-19 vaccines and, building on our well-established systems, provide access to every Canadian who wants one in 2021,” he said.

“As things stand now, we expect certain vaccines to become available in early 2021. However, it’s important to note that the initial supply of these vaccines will be limited … When a vaccine is ready, Canada will be ready.”

More to come.

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