Mar 18, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Premier Doug Ford was brimming when told that the United States has agreed to send 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Canada.

“Well, God Bless America, they’re coming to our rescue, thank God, I’ve been bugging Trump, I’ve been bugging Biden, they must get sick of Doug Ford.” “President Biden, thank you, once I get them, I will call you a champion but I need to get the delivery first.”

This will be the Biden administration’s first vaccine export. A White House official says it’s a complex process and the administration is still working out the details. The AstraZeneca vaccine still hasn’t been authorized for use in the U-S, which has stockpiled tens of millions of doses.

Meantime, Ford offered no specifics on when people 65 and up can book AstraZeneca shots after it was cleared for that age group earlier this week by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

“We want to get going on it as soon as possible, I think it’s good news,” Ford told reporters while speaking in Hamilton. “I think it just gives us more flexibility and more ammunition to get needles into people’s arms.

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