Trudeau doubles down on promise of vaccines for all Canadians by fall. Is that still a realistic target?
PM ‘very confident’ government will meet vaccination target date, but logistical challenges lie ahead. Despite the temporary shutdown of a Pfizer plant in Belgium and threats from the European Union to limit export of COVID-19 vaccines, Canada should still have enough doses by the fall to inoculate every Canadian who wants the vaccine, several experts say. However, the bigger challenge will likely be the logistics of ensuring that more than 35 million Canadians will have received shots by that time — a target set out by the Liberal government. “Is it feasible? Yes, but certainly it’s going to take a monumental effort,” said Jason Kindrachuk, assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in emerging viruses at Winnipeg’s University of Manitoba. “Vaccines don’t necessarily equal vaccinations,” he said. “Getting vaccine into the country is one [thing].