Liberal minister confirms Trudeau was wrong—vaccine facility won’t be ready until end of 2021

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Innovation, Science, and Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said on Tuesday that the Novavax coronavirus vaccine, which is set to be produced in Montreal, will not be on the market until the end of 2021. The comments contradict promises made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had previously suggested that the Novavax vaccine would be available on the market by the end of the summer. The timeline also calls into question whether domestic production will even be required, as the prime minister had already stated that there will be enough vaccines available for all Canadians by September. “Our initial plan on vaccines was to sign as many different contracts with as many different producers, potential producers of vaccines, as possible,” Trudeau said previously. “We’re able to confidently say that not only will we get three millions vaccinated by the end of March, we’ll have everyone who needs to be vaccinated by September.”