Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sticking with his end-of summer timeline when it comes to vaccine eligibility for all Canadians, even as the US announces its plan to expand eligibility to all adult Americans this month.
Noting on Tuesday that the US has reached a milestone of 150 million vaccinations since President Joe Biden entered office, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden will officially announce that by April 19 all adult Americans will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“That doesn’t mean they will get it that day. It means they can join the line if they have not already,” she said.
Asked during a Tuesday press conference about a comparable date for Canada, Trudeau didn’t give one, but he said his government aims to vaccinate every Canadian who wants one by the summer.
He noted that over 10 million vaccines have been delivered to Canada thus far, “so we’re doing well, but there’s a lot more to go.”
Trudeau said he’s optimistic that by the end of June, over 44 million vaccine doses will have arrived in Canada, adding that various provinces “will do the math differently.”
According to the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination tracker, 10,081,750 vaccine doses have been delivered to Canada to date, and 66.5% of these doses have been administered.