Note: ASL and LSQ interpreters available in the video.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians from outside his home in Ottawa on the federal government's response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. He announces the launch of a federal program to offer government-guaranteed, low-interest loans of up to $1 million to businesses hardest hit by the pandemic. Eligible businesses can start applying to the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) on February 1 at principal financial institutions. The prime minister also faces questions on potential travel restrictions, Canada's vaccine supply, the European Union's threat to limit vaccine exports, and U.S. President Joe Biden's executive order imposing a "Buy American" agenda.