Canadian News Apr 16, 2021 5:10 PM EST

Trudeau 'standing by to deploy' Red Cross to help roll out the vaccine in Ontario

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said at a press conference on Friday that the Canadian Red Cross is ready to go to help distribute the COVID vaccine in ON.

Trudeau 'standing by to deploy' Red Cross to help roll out the vaccine in Ontario
James Anthony Montreal QC
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said at a press conference on Friday that the Canadian Red Cross is ready to go to help distribute the COVID vaccine in Ontario.

Strangely enough, apparently, the Ontario government has not formally requested help, although it's no secret that this is the province that most needs its efforts to vaccinate people stepped up:

"NEW: Senior government source in Ontario says "no official request has been made to the federal government for mobile vaccination clinics or health human resources," says the tweet.

Trudeau said at the press conference:

"On vaccination in particular, Ontario has reached out for more support. I can tell you today that we are standing by to deploy the Canadian Red Cross to help with their mobile vaccination teams. This is about getting doses to people where the situation is most serious."

Trudeau also mentioned during the same press conference that eight million doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be made available. Four million will be coming in May, with two million more in June and  a further two million in July.

Currently, the area with the greatest problems in vaccine distribution is the Greater Toronto area, where many places have staff and supply shortages, and have had to pause vaccinations.

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