In a Jan. 19 COVID-19 update, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Canadians to hang tough when it comes to pandemic restrictions and tried to ease concerns about the vaccine rollout.
He opened his short address saying the federal government has delivered nearly one million vaccine doses to provinces and territories as of Jan. 18, highlighting deliveries to First Nations in B.C., Quebec and the Maritimes.
"Our fight is not over," he said.
Trudeau addressed the temporary Pfizer production issues, saying despite those issues Canada's vaccination targets between now and March will not be impacted.
By September, any Canadian who wants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to do so, the prime minister said.
He said Canada has signed more contracts with more potential vaccine makers than most other countries and said Canada "has secured more doses per person than any other country."
"It's critical everyone keeps doing their part to slow the spread," Trudeau said. "The vaccines are coming ... (but) now is not the time to abandon our efforts" to keep COVID-19 in check.
The prime minister also touched on federal investments in clean technology in the auto sector and noted the upcoming inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20.
Trudeau also fielded questions about the Keystone XL pipeline project, which the Liberal government has pledged its support for but which Biden announced this week he intends to cancel once he takes office. Trudeau said he still supports the project and intends on raising the issue with the new U.S. president.