Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the federal government is closely monitoring the gap between the number of vaccines delivered to provinces and the number of vaccines administered.
The Minister of Health was repeatedly pressed by reporters at a virtual press conference in Ottawa today to say whether she thinks the provinces are too slow to vaccinate people.
The questions followed a thread Hajdu tweeted on Monday evening summarizing federal estimates of the number of vaccines delivered and the number administered.
Federal figures show that nearly 4,022,875 vaccines were delivered to Ontario, for example, but only 2,545,640 were administered. Quebec has received 2,320,707 vaccines from the federal government and administered 1,552,215 doses, Hajdu said.
“I think it’s difficult for me to give you a general answer because, of course, the provinces and territories have very different strategies across the country, but what I can tell you is that we are watching closely and we are ready to help any province or territory that has a challenge, ”she said.
“I would say it is important that provinces continue to make these tough and tough choices, not only when it comes to vaccinations, but also how to control the spread of the virus so that Canadians can see the end of this. current health crisis. “
Hajdu said she would continue to tweet the numbers to keep Canadians up to date.
“We will continue to be transparent with the doses we receive across the country, how they are distributed to provinces and how they are administered,” she said.
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Speaking to TBEN News Network Power and politics On Tuesday, Hajdu said there had been a lot of confusion over vaccine figures and his tweets were aimed at providing Canadians with the most recent information.
“The intention was really to make sure that Canadians had the most recent information, including links to provincial websites around their plans, so that they could have a good source for themselves. easy information. And we will continue to do this week after week, “she told host Vassy Kapelos.
“Obviously, everyone is anxious to get the vaccine. In some jurisdictions, provinces and territories, there is a high degree of confusion and concern and therefore this information is being presented to Canadians so that they have the facts as it is the turn of vaccination. “
Ontario Premier Doug Ford rebuffed Hajdu’s comments today as he pushed for more vaccine shipments.
“I saw a tweet from a federal minister, ‘Oh, we got three million of them in the freezers.’ We just got them. We literally had them a few days ago. So before that, we were short, and we will continue to miss, ”he said at his own press conference.
“As soon as we continue a constant flow of these vaccines, we will be able to expand the program. No one more than me wants to expand this program.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the press conference he would discuss with Ford today what the recent increase in the number of cases means for hospitals in the province. He said he would speak with all the premiers tomorrow.
“The provinces in general have made it very clear that they believe that vaccination is something that they are able to manage on their own. But as always … if anyone needs more help, the federal government will be there, as we have been doing all along. start, ”he says.
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