On April 28, people line up to enter a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Toronto, Canada. Zou Zheng / Xinhua / Getty Images)
Roughly one in three eligible Canadians has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the country’s Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand said during a press conference Tuesday.
Anand added that more than 16.8 million vaccine doses have arrived in Canada and more than 14 million of those doses have been administered to date. She also noted that the country is on track to have at least two million vaccine doses a week for each week in May, and said the number is expected to increase in June.
Canada has seen more than 1.2 million cases of Covid-19 and about 24,300 deaths since the pandemic began, said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, on Tuesday. The country is still reporting an average of 7,900 new Covid-19 cases and about 47 new deaths every day, she said.
“We are making progress nationally, but there are still a few difficult points,” said Tam.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hailed the number of cases in Covid-19 falling in First Nations communities. The currently active cases are one-sixth the level they were in January.
Trudeau also announced that the country plans to invest $ 6 billion in indigenous infrastructure projects to “fill in gaps that are still facing too many people.”
“Together we can and will continue to move forward,” said Trudeau.
When asked whether Canada would need a “vaccination record” in the future and whether it was aware of the United States’ requirements, Trudeau warned, “This is not the time to travel.” We haven’t reached that point yet. “
Trudeau acknowledged that it would make sense for countries to start opening their borders and people to travel again [Canada] Coordinate with partners around the world on proof of vaccination or vaccine certification. “
“We’re working on this now with allies, particularly in Europe, but ultimately it is up to each country to determine what requirements to expect from incoming travelers,” Trudeau said, adding that he “doesn’t speak for the US and the US can “the choices they might make about welcoming whom to their country. “
CNN’s Tanika Gray contributed to this post.