Feds promise millions more rapid tests for provinces

PM says there are enough COVID-19 vaccines in Canada for all adults

The provinces and territories can anticipate delivery of 140 million rapid tests in January.

At a media briefing on Wednesday, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said they will be distributed on a per-capita basis.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed out that this delivery is triple the number provinces received in December. In its last fiscal update, the government earmarked $1.7 billion to secure a supply of about 180 million rapid tests.

Trudeau also confirmed there are enough COVID-19 vaccines in Canada now for all adults who are eligible to receive their first, second, or booster doses.

“On vaccines and boosters, we now have enough vaccines in the country for everyone,” Trudeau said.

Duclos added there will be enough child-sized doses for all kids aged five to 11.

“More than 40 per cent of kids aged five to 11 have already received one dose of vaccine…. We would be in a very different position right now if we did not have such a high vaccination rate, and the vaccine supply we need support further vaccination efforts throughout the New Year,” Duclos said.