In January, Justin Trudeau told Canadians that we were on track to receive four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March. The Prime Minister made the bold prediction in spite of vaccine shortages and reports that show Canada lagging far behind other nations in our ability to rollout the vaccine.
Alberta’s government has demonstrated its ability to lead Canada’s vaccine rollout. During the initial round of vaccine distribution, Alberta reached a capacity of delivering 50,000 doses per week with the potential for as many as 200,000 doses per week.
Some healthcare workers and certain vulnerable populations have now been vaccinated.
But wide scale inoculation is crucial for full economic recovery to begin. Alberta’s government has shown that we are capable of doing our part, now is the time for our federal partners to do theirs.
I was pleased to be able to announce the Bridgeland-Riverside Continuing Care Centre had begun construction in February. This project is part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, creating jobs today, and providing the long-term care spaces we need as the population ages. I look forward to continuing to highlight important infrastructure projects around the province as a part of the 2021 budget, released on February 25.
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Thank you for everything you have done to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep your fellow Albertans safe.