Doug Ford calls for 1 million COVID-19 vaccines from Joe Biden | Coronavirus: Ontario

In reaction to the fact that the Pfizer company will not deliver no vaccine in Canada next week, which represents a shortage of about 50,000 doses for Ontario, Doug Ford is appealing to the future US president to come to the rescue.

Give us a million doses to help us move forward, asks Mr. Ford.

Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States of America on January 20.

Photo : Reuters / KEVIN LAMARQUE

The Prime Minister highlights the privileged commercial relationship that Ontario maintains with the United States to justify such a request, arguing also that the American laboratory has a production plant in Kalamazoo in Michigan, near the border with Canada.

Anything you can do in Kalamazoo […] for good relations […] : give us a million vaccines.

Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

Home vaccination

Ontario has fulfilled its promise to offer, before January 21, a first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 to all residents and employees of long-term care centers in hot areas in Toronto and in the regions of York, Peel and Windsor-Essex.

The Ford government had pledged to extend this promise to all retirement homes in the province by February 15.

The province is staying the course on this goal, despite the upsurge in vaccine supply from Pfizer-BioNTech.

These delivery delays frustrate the Ontario premier, who castigates Pfizer and urges Ottawa to do more, without pointing the finger at Justin Trudeau directly.

It makes me angry, because other countries are receiving doses.

Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

He cites the example of the European Union, which must continue to receive doses.

Faced with the supply problems of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, Ontario also extended to 42 days the period between the first and second dose. For Moderna’s vaccine, the second dose will continue to be given 28 days after the first.

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Ontario investigates death of senior who received vaccine

Separately, the coroner’s office on Tuesday opened an inquest into the death of an elderly woman who had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The cause of his death has not been specified, but no cause and effect relationship has been established between the vaccination and his death at this time.

The oldest lived in a long-term care center in Windsor in southwestern Ontario.

Doug Ford watches as a nurse prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto.

Ontario must adjust its COVID-19 immunization plan due to delays in delivery of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Nathan Denette

She had received the vaccine against the coronavirus from the company Moderna.

Since the investigation into this death is still in its early stages, we cannot say if there is a link between the vaccine and the death., says Stephanie Rea, spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Coroner.

Authorities have not disclosed the eldest’s identity or age, or when she was vaccinated, or whether she suffered from any pre-existing health problems.

Ontario has administered more than 224,000 doses of the vaccine since mid-December:

  • 83,000 residents and workers were immunized in long-term care centers
  • 25,000 residents and employees were vaccinated in retirement homes
  • 99,000 healthcare workers were vaccinated

General Hillier said barring other vaccine supply issues, all Ontarians who want it will be able to be vaccinated by the beginning of August.

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