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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 2nd Session
Meeting 27
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 2:31 p.m. to 3:01 p.m.
Ron McKinnon, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Sonya Norris, Analyst
• Tu-Quynh Trinh, Analyst
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(4), the committee commenced consideration of the request by four members of the committee to discuss various urgent matters.


Michelle Rempel Garner moved, — That the Committee hold a meeting to invite the Minister of Health, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Theresa Tam, and the head of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, and the head of the Public Health Agency of Canada to discuss recent COVID-19 developments including, but not limited to,

  • the recent Auditor General's Report entitled; Report 8: Pandemic Preparedness, Surveillance, and Border Control Measures,
  • emerging issues related to the AstraZeneca vaccine,
  • new evidence regarding COVID-19 vaccine dosing timeline recommendations in Canada,
  • concerns surrounding possible vaccine supply shortages due to export restrictions by the European Union and India,
  • and the impact of above issues on COVID-19 modelling projections; and

That the meeting be at least three hours in length, that the Ministers listed above appear for no fewer than 2 hours and that appropriate government officials appear for the last hour, that each of the invited witnesses give prepared remarks no longer than seven minutes in length to ensure adequate time for questions to be posed by committee members, and, that this meeting be held on or before the end of day on Wednesday, April 7th 2021.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: John Barlow, Don Davies, Chris d'Entremont, Mike Kelloway, Iqra Khalid, Larry Maguire, Jennifer O'Connell, Geoff Regan, Michelle Rempel Garner, Sonia Sidhu, Luc Thériault — 11;

NAYS: — 0.

At 3:01 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Jean-François Pagé
Clerk of the Committee