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Federal government signs deals to produce COVID-19 vaccines in Canada

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OTTAWA, ON. – It looks like the federal government has found a way to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines on Canadian soil, however that is still a few months down the road.

The Liberals have been under increasing pressure as concerns mount about a serious delay in vials coming from Europe.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a media briefing Tuesday morning (Feb. 2) that his government has inked deals to produce coronavirus vaccines in Canada.

“Two companies, Precision NanoSystems and Novavax are now on track to manufacture vaccines right here in Canada. This is a major step forward to getting vaccines made in Canada for Canadians,” Trudeau says.

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One facility will be in Montreal with the other in Vancouver.

Health Canada though still needs to approve the Novavax vaccine. The company has said its protein-based COVID-19 vaccine product produced an efficacy rate of 89.3% in late stage clinical trials, with strong protection against the U.K. variant.

Once these facilities are ready to go and receive approval, likely by late this year, they’ll be able to produce some two million doses of vaccines of all types every month.

“We need as much domestic capacity for vaccine production as possible,” says Trudeau.

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The Prime Minister again reiterated Tuesday that every Canadian who wants a COVID vaccine will have one by the end of September.

The federal government has been facing several questions in recent weeks regarding COVID-19 vaccines and the fact we have to depend on delivery from other countries.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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