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View Sonia Sidhu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
We heard that approximately 58% of adults have received at least one dose, with that number continuing to climb.
My question is to Mr. Matthews.
How does our vaccine procurement portfolio ensure that we are able to provide so many vaccines in such a short amount of time?
View Sonia Sidhu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you to all the witnesses for being here with us today.
Minister, you and your officials have been working non-stop for well over a year to protect the health and safety of all Canadians.
My first question is to Minister Anand. Can you tell the committee about the update we just received from Pfizer? How will this impact the government's vaccine procurement and distribution plans to provinces and territories?
View Sonia Sidhu Profile
Lib. (ON)
My next question is for Minister Hajdu.
Peel now has more than 5,000 active cases. We keep hearing local concern that Peel region is not getting a sufficient supply from the provincial distribution stage for the number of cases.
Yesterday, the mayor of Brampton had a discussion with the Prime Minister, sharing these concerns. Today, the Prime Minister said that the government is ready 24-7 to help Ontario, if such help is requested.
Minister Hajdu, the Peel chief medical officer has a similar concern. Who can he call about the supply to Peel? How does this system work? Is there sufficient supply from the provincial distribution stage? What steps is our government taking to assist hot spots like my home community in Brampton?
View Sonia Sidhu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
We have all heard very clearly that the terms of the contracts are to remain confidential. The opposition may choose to ignore it, but it has been made clear that disclosing certain details will compromise our bargaining position with the manufacturer and their position with other countries. If we were to be in breach of contract and lose vaccines, it would be damaging for our country and for Canadians.
This seems pretty clear to almost everyone except the opposition members, who are apparently not understanding that neither the European Union nor other countries reveal their contracts. Note that violating our agreement could repudiate the contracts. Our opposition members have their turn to ask the companies when they appear before our committee. They could have invited the companies to appear and asked them questions directly. Last meeting, two ministers, General Fortin and Dr. Tam were in attendance. Canadians have been assured repeatedly that we have a secure vaccine schedule before the end of September.
We know there have been delays. It's a bumpy road. Pfizer is expanding their plant. These delays have been explained. We remain committed to securing six million doses by the end of March. We know what the timeline is, and we have been very transparent on this matter. There are things that cannot be disclosed from the contracts. I know that the opposition likes to wave around contracts from other countries as props, but those are very heavily redacted. That is just a fact. It's not that our government is withholding information they are allowed to give us and are just choosing not to.
Has there been a slowdown of delivery for a few weeks? Yes. But we also have a firm commitment that we will receive more than 400,000 doses every week. We all know this is an evolving situation. There will be bumps. I can understand why that can be frustrating, but we are still on track to deliver enough doses to vaccinate almost half of the country by the summer. We provided to the provinces today confirmed numbers that more than 400,000 doses a week will be delivered, which does get to four million doses.
Once again, starting next week, we'll be receiving tens of thousands of doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with several million more on the way with Pfizer and Moderna alone. We remain on track to receive six million vaccines by the end of March, 20 million between April and June, and a total of 70 million doses by the end of September, just as we promised Canadians.
Mr. Chair, we also continue to follow developments concerning vaccine candidates of the five other manufacturers we have agreements with, including Sanofi, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax, with a view of getting more Health Canada-approved vaccines into Canada as quickly as we can. We need these vaccines quickly. We all know that.
You all know how much Brampton has been affected by the pandemic, as has the whole country. It got so sad that the armed forces had to come in. They reported deplorable conditions in our long-term care homes in the first wave of COVID-19. It is without a doubt a tragedy. We all know we are facing that. I think the majority of us can agree with this fact.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Sonia Sidhu Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Dr. Tam.
My next question is to Minister Anand.
Canada is among 14 countries in the entire world that have managed to administer over one million doses of the vaccine up until now. Canada negotiated the highest number of vaccine doses per capita in the world in a highly competitive market.
Minister, can you describe how competitive this market is?
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