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Trudeau floats possibility of military helping to roll out vaccines across Canada

Last Updated Nov 17, 2020 at 6:04 pm MST

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a closing press conference on the third and final day of the Liberal cabinet retreat in Ottawa on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it could be months before any vaccines against COVID-19 get approved and begin to be shipped out.

He added the military could play an integral part in rolling out vaccines across the country.

Questions remain about cost and distribution.

Dr Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, said if all goes well, most Canadians could be inoculated before 2022.

Local response

Alberta reported eight new cases and five recoveries linked to COVID-19 in the RMWB.

All are in the urban service area, which has 132 active cases, two deaths, and 397 recovered cases of the illness.

The province reported the region’s second death from COVID-19 on Nov. 16, 2020.

RELATED: Alberta reports second death of COVID-19 in the RMWB in weekend report

Outside the urban service area, there are 10 active cases and 71 resolved cases.

In the last 24 hours, the province had 773 new cases of the illness and five additional deaths to bring the death toll to 432.

There are 10,068 active cases in Alberta with 268 Albertans in hospital and 57 in intensive care.

To date, 30,462 Albertans recovered from COVID-19.

Dr Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, will provide a live update on Nov. 18, 2020.

This article includes excerpts from The Canadian Press.