Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a reporter’s question during a bi-weekly press conference outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Ontario on Friday, November 27, 2020. (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press via AP)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he expected more than half of Canadians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by next September after criticizing Canadians for not being the first to receive doses.

Trudeau said earlier this week Canada will have to wait for a vaccine as the first are likely to be given to citizens of the countries where they are made. He noted that the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany have mass production facilities for vaccines, but Canada does not.

Opposition parties criticized Trudeau for denying Canadians priority access to vaccines.

Trudeau said Friday he expected the vaccines to arrive early next year – but which month Canadians will receive the first doses remains an open question.

“I can understand that the race to the start line comes first, but this pandemic won’t stop until we get to the finish line,” Trudeau said.

“What really matters is when we cross the finish line and the fact that the doctors have pointed out that, if everything goes according to plan, we should have the majority of Canadians vaccinated by next September is very good for us. “

Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s assistant chief medical officer, said it will be late next year but Trudeau’s schedule “is in the same stadium”.

Trudeau expects most of Canada to be vaccinated by September

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau closes the door as he steps out of Rideau Cottage for a bi-weekly press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic in Ottawa, Ontario on Friday, November 27, 2020. (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press via AP)

Senior Canadian health officials said Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate could be approved in Canada next month. If everything goes according to plan, 3 million Canadians could be shot by the end of March. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will meet on December 10th to see if Pfizer should get approval.

Canada has signed a purchase agreement to purchase at least 20 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine.

Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford is hoping for the first cans in January.

“I cannot stress enough with the Prime Minister that the clock is ticking,” said Ford.

Toronto is on lockdown and the country’s largest province, Ontario, reported a record 1,855 cases on Friday.

“We are facing some of the toughest days in this pandemic,” Trudeau said.

According to Trudeau, Canada of 37 million people has signed contracts that could give Canada the most per capita vaccines in the world. And he said the Canadian military would play a role in distributing the vaccine. An army general will watch over it.

“This will be the largest vaccination in the history of the country,” said Trudeau.

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