Canada starts vaccinating

Today, Canada began administering doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, with elderly people and front-line workers among the first to receive shots. Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu appeared outside the Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal in the afternoon, with newly vaccinated 78-year-old Gloria Lallouz. “I felt emotional because I know how worried and anxious families and health care workers are all across the country,” Hajdu said. “I see this as the first step forward into the light, and moving back into a place of confidence where Canadians can start to see the beginning of the end of this thing.” Canada joins the United Kingdom and the United States as the first Western countries to give citizens the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, as the coronavirus pandemic rages toward winter.