COVID-19: 140 million rapid tests distributed in January, says Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada and Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that he will quadruple the number of rapid tests that will be sent to the provinces, for a total of 140 million tests in January.
The announcement was made during an update on the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the Omicron variant. Mr. Trudeau specifies that 35 million rapid tests have already been sent to the provinces. “And we will continue,” said the Prime Minister. The provinces will thus receive 140 million additional rapid tests. The stocks will be distributed during the month of January and according to the proportion of the population of the provinces. Quebec would thus receive approximately 30 million.
This would correspond to one test per person and per week during the month of January, according to Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.
“Doing your part”
Accompanied by Federal Ministers Chrystia Freeland for Finance and Jean-Yves Duclos for Health, Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, and Dr. Howard Njoo , deputy chief public health officer, the premier conceded that the holiday season was less festive. “People are tired and frustrated.”
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, has asked to “think of healthcare workers” when it comes to making the decision to get vaccinated.
Booster dose is one of the tools that do not clog health services, explains Justin Trudeau. “If you are there for the booster , thank you. If you are there for a first dose, thank you ”. The Prime Minister indicates that “everyone must do their part, that is how we can get through this pandemic”.
According to Ottawa, Canada has vaccine stocks available to immunize eligible children with two doses.
Immunization Canadian avant-garde
The Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, highlighted the actions taken in terms of vaccination. About 80% of the country's population would be vaccinated. “We have reason to stay positive about the future. [& # 8230;] We wouldn't be in the same situation without such a high vaccination rate. There is no country better prepared than Canada, ”he says. Minister Freeland adds that Canada is the second country with the lowest death rate in the G7.
Several provinces, including Quebec, are still experiencing an unprecedented wave of infections and hospitalizations. Quebec is on track to surpass the record for people hospitalized set during the first wave, in May 2020.