The province officially announced the creation of Ontario's COVID-19 task force this Friday. 

The force will oversee the delivery, storage, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines when they are released to the province.

Some of the team's responsibilities include deciding who will be getting the vaccine first.   

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The task force we have assembled will play a key role in developing and implementing Ontario's immunization program.

Christine Elliott

According to the government, the team is led by General Rick Hillier, the former Chief of Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces.

Nine others, such as Mark Saunders, former Toronto Police Chief, will be supervising the province's COVID-19 immunization program. 

Dr. Isaac Bogoch, the infectious diseases consultant and internist, Toronto General Hospital, Dr. Dirk Huyer, Ontario's Chief Coroner and Coordinator of Provincial Outbreak Response and Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar Corporation will also be included in the team. 

"I am confident that with the collective knowledge, experience and advice from these experts, Ontario will be ready to deliver the vaccines in an ethical, timely and effective manner as soon as they are available," Christine Elliott stated. 

The initiative is expected to begin immediately and the team will meet at 1 p.m. today with Premier Doug Ford. 

In fact, the task force has already led a successful exercise on the distribution of the first 100,000 doses

 
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