About 1 in 3 eligible Canadians have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, the country’s Minister of Utilities and Supply, Anita Anand, said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Anand added that more than 16.8 million doses of the vaccine 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 receive at least two million doses of vaccine per week for every week in May and said that number is expected to increase in June.
Canada has recorded more than 1.2 million cases of Covid-19 and about 24,300 deaths since the start of the pandemic, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said on Tuesday. The country still reports an average of 7,900 new Covid-19 cases and around 47 new deaths per day, she said.
“We are making progress at the national level, but there are still some delicate points,” Tam said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau applauded the number of Covid-19 cases falling in First Nations communities, with current active cases one-sixth the level of what they were in January.
Trudeau also announced that the country plans to invest $ 6 billion in Indigenous infrastructure projects to “fill the gaps that far too many people still face.”
“Together, we can and will continue to move forward,” Trudeau said.
When asked if Canada would require some sort of “vaccine passport” in the future and whether he was aware of any requirements the United States might institute, Trudeau warned that “now is not the time. travel. We haven’t reached that point yet. “
Trudeau acknowledged that as countries begin to open their borders and people begin to travel again, “it would make sense to [Canada] to align with partners around the world on some sort of proof of vaccination or vaccine certification. “
“We are now working with allies, particularly in Europe, on this, but ultimately it is up to each country to determine what requirements they expect from inbound travelers,” Trudeau said, adding that he “ cannot speak for the United States and the choices they might make about who to welcome to their country. “
CNN’s Tanika Gray contributed to this article.