Rachel Aiello
Rachel Aiello
Journalist. Online politics producer @CTVNews[.ca] Lover of all things colourful and #cdnpoli // rachel.aiello@bellmedia.caSource
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'Very excited': Prime Minister Trudeau receives first dose of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine

'Very excited': Prime Minister Trudeau receives first dose of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine

OTTAWA --Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, received their first doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.“I am very excited,” Trudeau said, going first to get his shot, which went into his left arm where he has a Haida raven tattoo. Seconds later, Trudeau offered an enthusiastic “yay” with two thumbs up before it was his wife’s turn.Ahead of their vaccines, which were administered at a local pharmacy not far from Parliament Hill, Trudeau said the pair was “looking forward” to it.“If you’re eligible for your vaccine like we are, make sure you get...

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Apr 23
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'Very excited': Prime Minister Trudeau receives first dose of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine

'Very excited': Prime Minister Trudeau receives first dose of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine

OTTAWA --Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, received their first doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.“I am very excited,” Trudeau said, going first to get his shot, which went into his left arm where he has a Haida raven tattoo. Seconds later, Trudeau offered an enthusiastic “yay” with two thumbs up before it was his wife’s turn.Ahead of their vaccines, which were administered at a local pharmacy not far from Parliament Hill, Trudeau said the pair was “looking forward” to it.“If you’re eligible for your vaccine like we are, make sure you get...

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Rachel Aiello
Apr 23
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Canada receiving 1.5M COVID-19 vaccine doses from U.S. next week: Fortin

Canada receiving 1.5M COVID-19 vaccine doses from U.S. next week: Fortin

OTTAWA --The dose-sharing deal with the United States has been finalized, and those 1.5 million shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine are set to arrive next week, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin announced Thursday.Nearing the end of the first quarter and factoring in the scheduled deliveries for next week, Canada is on track to hit and possibly considerably exceed the total target of eight million COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered by the end of March, depending when next week these U.S. doses land.“Public Service and Procurement Canada has recently negotiated the delivery of 1.5 million doses from the...

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Rachel Aiello
Mar 25
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Vaccine passport for international travel 'very live' discussion among G7 countries: Hajdu

Vaccine passport for international travel 'very live' discussion among G7 countries: Hajdu

OTTAWA --As countries continue to vaccinate larger segments of their populations, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says that discussions about introducing some form of vaccine passport are “very live” among the G7 countries.“We're certainly working on the idea of vaccine passports with our G7 partners. I was on a call with my G7 health minister counterparts just a couple of weeks ago, and that is a very live issue,” Hajdu said in an interview on CTV’s Question Period.While Hajdu wouldn’t say if it’s an idea Canada is pushing for—requiring some form of proof of vaccination to travel to...

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Rachel Aiello
Mar 7
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14.5M Canadians to be immunized by June, updated vaccination timeline shows

14.5M Canadians to be immunized by June, updated vaccination timeline shows

OTTAWA --The federal government has released an updated COVID-19 vaccination timeline, showing that at least 14.5 million Canadians will be able to be immunized by the end of June with the approved Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna shots.Both of these currently approved vaccines require a two-dose regimen and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s timeline indicates that these figures are based on each person receiving both their first and second shots.The number of Canadians able to be vaccinated in that timeframe will increase considerably, should additional vaccine candidates be given the green...

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Rachel Aiello
Feb 18
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Health Canada approves extracting one extra dose from Pfizer vaccine vials

Health Canada approves extracting one extra dose from Pfizer vaccine vials

OTTAWA --Health Canada has issued a label change authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, allowing administrators to draw one more dose from each vial than previously advised.That means that going forward Canadian health-care professionals who are giving the shots will be able to extract six rather than five doses per vial, an update from what was authorized when the vaccine was first given the green light in December 2020.This comes after a scientific review done by the agency of data submitted by Pfizer, demonstrating that six doses could safely and accurately be extracted...

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Rachel Aiello
Feb 9
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Fauci says U.S. will likely return to 'some degree of normality' at same time as Canada

Fauci says U.S. will likely return to 'some degree of normality' at same time as Canada

OTTAWA --While critics of Canada’s vaccine rollout continue to point to the more accelerated COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci says he isn’t planning on American life getting back to some semblance of normality any earlier than Canadian officials are aiming for.In an exclusive interview with Evan Solomon on CTV’s Question Period, the director of the United States’ National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that on the current timeline for immunizations in that country, he isn’t expecting life to start looking as it did pre-COVID-19 until the...

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Rachel Aiello
Jan 17
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Canada locks in 20M more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to arrive this spring

Canada locks in 20M more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to arrive this spring

OTTAWA --Canada has exercised an option with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer-BioNTech to secure an additional 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, with the first deliveries of some of these doses expected in April at the earliest.“We are looking at seeing those doses arrive in April or May I believe,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday during his Rideau Cottage address. “We’re going to continue working to see if we can get a few more doses, because all Canadians want this to move forward as quickly as possible.” The federal government had already secured 20 million Pfizer...

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Jan 12
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Feds looking at declaring Proud Boys a terrorist organization in wake of U.S. rioting

Feds looking at declaring Proud Boys a terrorist organization in wake of U.S. rioting

OTTAWA --Canada could soon be adding more extremist groups like the Proud Boys to Canada’s list of recognized terrorist organizations, in light of the pro-Trump rioting in the U.S. Capitol, according to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair.In an interview on CTV’s Question Period, Blair said Canadian national security officials are actively gathering intelligence about groups such as the Proud Boys on an ongoing basis. “We're very mindful of ideologically-motivated violent extremists, including groups like the Proud Boys. They are white supremacists, anti-Semitics,...

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Jan 10
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Unvaccinated tourists won't be welcome in Canada for 'quite a while,' PM Trudeau says

Unvaccinated tourists won't be welcome in Canada for 'quite a while,' PM Trudeau says

Amid calls to present a comprehensive border reopening plan before thinking about calling a federal election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that it’s going to be “quite a while” yet before Canada is ready to welcome in any tourists who are unvaccinated. In response to a question from CTV News about when the tourism sector could start accepting vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers from abroad, Trudeau said: “I can tell you right now that's not going to happen for quite a while.” “We need to continue to ensure that the safety of Canadians, of all the sacrifices that so many people...

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Rachel Aiello
Jul 8
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