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US News Covid-19: a general will coordinate the distribution of vaccines in Canada

22:50  27 november  2020
22:50  27 november  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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A general who commanded NATO forces in Iraq will coordinate the distribution of vaccines against Covid-19 in Canada, which hopes to immunize the majority of its population by September 2021, the Canadian Prime Minister said on Friday Justin Trudeau.

Quebec general Dany Fortin is "a seasoned officer", greeted Justin Trudeau at a press conference.

The soldier had also been deployed in Bosnia, with the UN peacekeepers, as well as in Afghanistan where he led Canadian troops.

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Canada ’s deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo outlined on Thursday the key populations for the initial COVID - 19 vaccine rollout, saying it 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

He will head a new National Operations Center, within the Public Health Agency of Canada, to coordinate immunization. The Canadian Armed Forces will be mobilized to support the logistics and distribution of vaccines, particularly for Indigenous and rural communities across the country.

"This will be the largest vaccination in the history of the country," said Trudeau.

This will be the "greatest mobilization effort that Canada has known since the Second World War", specified the head of the Canadian government.

The first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are due to arrive in Canada in early 2021, according to Ottawa estimates.

About three million Canadians, or 8% of the population, are expected to be vaccinated in the first three months of 2021, Canadian public health officials said this week.

"There is a very good chance, if all goes well, that we can vaccinate the majority of Canadians by next September," said Trudeau, believing that Canada is "in a very good position at this level. -the".

Canada, a country of 38 million people, has reserved a total of more than 400 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from seven manufacturers, including the American-German duo Pfizer / BioNTech, the American Moderna, and the Swedish-British AstraZeneca.

On Friday, Canada had 356,244 cases of coronavirus and 11,856 dead.

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