Amid third wave of COVID, Trudeau says he has no regrets about Canada’s vaccine rollout

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there is nothing about Canada’s vaccine procurement effort he would do differently, even as a third wave of cases surges across much of the country. Few countries have completely blunted a third wave with vaccines, but the U.S. and the U.K. are seeing much lower rates now because of their widespread vaccine use. Trudeau defended his government’s efforts, even with cases on the rise, an increase that could have been slowed if the vaccine had been administered more widely and quickly. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole took aim at the slow rollout in question period Tuesday, raising a critical piece from American network CNN and saying it showed the government was negligent in getting vaccines to Canadians. “Will the prime minister admit that his failure to secure sufficient vaccines is leading to a catastrophic third wave?” O’Toole asked. “How many Canadians are now being infected with COVID-19 variants because of this government’s slow and confused rollout of vaccines?”

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