Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin is in charge of the national logistical rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Canada. He claims that provinces and territories do everything possible to get vaccines to Canadians as quickly and effectively as possible.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with his provincial and territorial counterparts on Wednesday night to discuss the vaccine crisis. According to CTVNews.ca’s vaccine tracker, the federal government has delivered more than 10 million vaccine doses to provinces and territories, with nearly 7.2 million of those shots administered. According to Fortin, it typically takes between two and five days to deliver vaccines across the country after they arrive in Canada and are distributed to what has grown to hundreds of administration sites across the country. Given the scope of the mass vaccination campaign, he said the rate of immunization is “trending well.”
Canada is increasing the number of vaccines given out on a weekly basis. The logistics of getting doses from the loading dock to vaccination sites continue to limit the rate of vaccinations. Canada has risen in the global vaccination rankings after shortages and delays this winter caused the country to lag behind many other countries.
The time lag varies with delivery schedules, with thousands of recently arrived vaccine shipments still moving through that system on Wednesday. “Given the circumstances, they’re doing fantastic work immunizing as effectively as possible,” Fortin said. The Canadian Health Minister refused to comment on whether provinces are vaccinating quickly enough.
News and picture source: CTV