EN - News

Doug Ford Has Started Reaching Out To Other Countries To Try And Get More Vaccine Doses

The Premier has started asking 'international allies' for vaccine help in Ontario.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is looking overseas to try and solve the province's vaccine problem.

Ivana Yelich, a spokesperson for the Premier, confirmed to Narcity on Sunday that Ford has begun reaching out to consulates around the world in the hopes of getting more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for Ontario.

Editor's Choice: Doug Ford Is Now Reversing Some Aspects Of Ontario’s Stay-At-Home Order

"While we wait for a federal decision on the lowering of the age limit for AstraZeneca, and in response to the latest cut in Moderna shipments, the Premier has begun reaching out to consulates to try and secure more vaccine supply for Ontario from our international allies," Yelich confirmed.

"Ontario has the capacity to vaccinate more people, but we are lacking the supply to do it. Vaccines are our only way out of this pandemic and the Premier will exhaust every avenue he has in order to get more needles into [the] arms of Ontarians," she added.

Justin Trudeau and the federal government are in charge of getting vaccines for Canada's provinces and territories during the pandemic — most recently announcing a summer shipment of 8 million Pfizer doses — but that hasn't stopped Ford from asking for vaccine help in the past.