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COVID-19: Trudeau to address nation Wednesday night to warn of situation’s urgency – National Post

September 22nd, 2020

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The reproduction rate of the virus is currently at 1.4, which means every 10 infected people are spreading it to 14, a rate which left unchecked would lead to a large surge in cases.

Tam said to reduce the spread people have to be in contact with far fewer people. She said that can be done without resorting to the lockdowns we saw in the spring, but people need to make good choices.

“We are at a bit of a crossroads. If you reduce those contacts and make some choices in terms of not going out to these social events we can manage without a lockdown,” she said. “The challenge we face now is to stay the course no matter how weary we may feel. We have done this before. We know what works.”

The challenge we face now is to stay the course

Health Minister Patty Hajdu said it about saying no and staying home more often.

“We have to get better at saying no more than yes to the invitations that we’re receiving to gather for barbecues in the backyard or parties to celebrate occasions.”

Canada also announced new vaccine purchases agreements, this time with Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical giant, that will supply the government with 72 million doses of their vaccine. The government is also purchasing 14 million more doses of a vaccine from Moderna.

To date, Canada has now purchased access to more than 150 million individual doses from five different companies, set to be delivered beginning early next year assuming the candidates are successful.

Procurement minister Anita Anand said the government has spent about $1 billion on five contracts so far, but some of that money would only be paid if the vaccines succeed.

“We are looking to the future and ready in Canada for a vaccine to enable us to emerge from this pandemic collectively,” she said. “We will be ready to offer it to Canadians in every corner of this country.”

The government also announced a deal for 150,000 doses of Remdesivir, a drug which has shown some ability to treat the virus.

“It is the only known antiviral drug at this time that has been shown to be effective in treating the most serious cases of COVID-19.”

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