Note: ASL and LSQ interpreters available in the video.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters on Parliament Hill following his virtual meeting with Canada's first ministers. Health transfers and vaccine distribution were at the top of the agenda. The prime minister also provides an update on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. He is joined by Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, as well as Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, and Major-General Dany Fortin, vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada and head of the country's vaccine distribution efforts. Health Canada announced the previous day that it had approved Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine and Canada's first shipment of doses is expected to arrive the week of December 14. An initial batch of up to 249,000 doses will arrive before the end of 2020.