Trudeau Update Canadians on COVID-19 Pandemic | November 9
Note: ASL and LSQ interpreters appear at time 00:47 in the video.
On Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes an announcement and responds to questions from reporters. He is joined by federal ministers Navdeep Bains (innovation, science and industry), Catherine McKenna (infrastructure), Maryam Monsef (women and gender equality and rural economic development), and Pablo Rodriguez (the government House leader). The prime minister announces that the federal government will invest $1.75 billion to connect under-served areas to high-speed Internet by 2026. This is additional funding of $750 million to the $1 billion originally announced in the 2019 budget. Trudeau also comments on his congratulatory message to U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden following the latter’s election win. The prime minister discusses the news that the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech may be 90 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections. He states that this vaccine should be available in the first three months of 2021, and that it would first be given to priority populations.