In a media briefing today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said 20 million additional doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine have been secured.
This means Canada has some 80 million doses of the vaccine expected to arrive this year.
“We are on track for every Canadian who wants a vaccine can have one by September,” Trudeau said this morning.
He added the federal government continues to work to secure more vaccine doses.
During the same briefing, the prime minister announced the measures in place at the Canada-U.S. border have been extended to Feb. 21.
“This will keep people on both sides of the border safe,” Trudeau said.
The prime minister also announced a mini cabinet shuffle. Mississauga—Malton MP Navdeep Bains is stepping down as minister of Innovation, Science and Industry to spend more time with his family. Trudeau thanked him for his service.
Bains is being replaced by current Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne.
This shuffle also moves current Transport Minister Marc Garneau over to Foreign Affairs.
Jim Carr joins the Ministry and will continue to serve as Special Representative for the Prairies. And finally Omar Alghabra, current Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Public Service Renewal) and to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, becomes Minister of Transport.