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Canada working to produce up to 30,000 ventilators: Trudeau

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JUSTIN TRUDEAU'S DAILY ADDRESS ON THE PANDEMIC HE IS EXPECTED TODAY TO TALK MORE ABOUT THE NEED TO PRODUCE IN HOUSE IN THIS COUNTRY PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

WE WILL SPEAK WITH ONE OF THE INDUSTRY LEADERS WORKING WITH GOVERNMENTS TO RAMP UP THAT MADE-IN-CANADA PRODUCTION OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT WE'RE ALSO EXPECTING TODAY FOR QUÉBEC TO RELEASE PROJECTIONS LATER OF JUST WHAT THE COVID-19 CRISIS COULD LOOK LIKE IN THAT PROVINCE IT'S THE PROVINCE THAT'S BEEN HIT THE HARDEST SO FAR AND IT'S THE SAME TYPE OF MODELLING DATA WE SAW IN ONTARIO LAST WEEK ALBERTA ALSO EXPECTED TO GIVE US A GLIMPSE INTO THEIR MODELLING WITH THE PREMIER, WITH A FULL BRIEFING TOMORROW AND OF COURSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STILL PROMISING TO RELEASE ITS OWN PROJECTIONS

A COUPLE OF OTHER UPDATES FROM OVERNIGHT AND YESTERDAY THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT WHICH SO MANY PEOPLE WERE ANXIOUS TO GET GOING, IT CONTINUES TODAY OBVIOUSLY, BUT YESTERDAY THERE WERE CLOSE TO A MILLION NEW APPLICATIONS SINCE MARCH 15, THERE HAVE BEEN 367 MILLION CERB CLAIMS THOSE INCLUDE THE CLAIMS FOR THE EMERGENCY RELIEF BENEFIT AND EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

EVERYTHING HAS NOW BEEN TUCKED INTO THE SAME RUBRIC IN TERMS OF SOME GOOD NEWS BECAUSE WE TRY TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF THAT AS WELL IN BC YESTERDAY THEY REPORTED THAT HOSPITALIZATIONS AND ACTIVE CASES HAVE BEEN FLAT FOR THE LAST WEEK, THAT THE GROWTH CURVE AT ANY RATE HAS FLATTENED

WE KNOW THAT THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS KEY TO GET A HANDLE ON THE PANDEMIC SO THAT'S A BIT OF GOOD NEWS OF COURSE EVERYBODY LOOKING TO TRY TO FLATTEN THE CURVE AS THIS PANDEMIC CONTINUES LET'S TAKE YOU TO RIDEAU COTTAGE IF WE HAVE THAT SHOT THAT'S THE PRIME MINISTER'S HOME HERE IN OTTAWA

HE'S EXPECTED TO SPEAK IN 13 MINUTES' TIME LET'S START WITH MY COLLEAGUES THE HOST OF "POWER & POLITICS", VASSY KAPELOS, AND DAVID COCHRANE I LIKE TO START WITH SOME GOOD NEWS BECAUSE THAT'S IMPORTANT VASSY, WHAT ARE WE EXPECTING FROM THE PRIME MINISTER TODAY? >> Vassy: IT SOUNDS LIKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE GOOD NEWS AND WE HAVE TO SEE THE DETAILS OF IT, BUT YOU'RE RIGHT, ROSIE, IT WILL FOCUS ON PROCUREMENT AND I'M TOLD ON THE PRODUCTION OF VENTILATORS IN CANADA AND AN AGREEMENT WITH THREE CANADIAN COMPANIES TO PRODUCE THOSE I'M NOT SURE OF THE TIMELINE

TIMELINES ARE OBVIOUSLY VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THOSE VENTILATORS COULD BE IN NEED VERY SOON, BUT THE FOCUS IS VERY MUCH ON FOLLOWING THE CONVERSATION WE'VE HAD OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS, DOMESTIC SUPPLY CHAINS, DOMESTIC PRODUCTION OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, AND THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES THAT ARE SO CRUCIAL AT THIS POINT SO THAT WILL BE THE FOCUS OF THE PRIME MINISTER'S COMMENTS TODAY AGAIN, I'LL BE FOCUSING ON AGAIN AS WELL THE TIMELINES LAID OUT, IF THERE ARE ANY TIMELINES ALSO SOMETHING TO NODE WE'VE BEEN COVERING EXTENSIVELY ON THE NETWORK, THE HOSPITALIZATION AND ADMISSION TO THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT OF BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON THE PRIME MINISTER IS EXPECTED TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS ON THAT AS WELL, ROSIE

>> Rosemary: THAT'S GREAT WE'LL TALK TO DOMINIC VALITIS IN A MINUTE TO GET THE LATEST ON HIS HEALTH OUR COLLEAGUE MIKE CRAWLEY SAYS THAT IN ICU

BEDS IN ONTARIO NEARLY 2,000 BEDS HAVE VENTILATORS, AN INCREASE OF 50% SINCE MARCH THERE IS A RAMP UP EVERYWHERE YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR A POTENTIAL SURGE DAVID, I KNOW YOU REPORTED ON THIS ON "THE NATIONAL" LAST NIGHT, BUT IN CASE ANYONE MISSED IT THERE SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN AN AGREEMENT WITH 3M

>> David: YES, WHEN DOUG FORD FOUND OUT THAT 3 MILLION N95 MASKS HAD BEEN STOPPED AT THE BORDER AND ONLY 500,000 WENT THROUGH THIS WAS AS A RESULT OF DONALD TRUMP STOPPING EXPORTS OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT OUT OF THE UNITED STATES, TARGETING 3M DOUG FORD SAID WE ONLY HAD A WEEK'S SUPPLY OF EQUIPMENT FRANÇOIS LEGAULT WAS ALSO COUNTING DOWN HIS SUPPLIES, ALL SPEAKING TO THE INCREASE BURN RATE AS MORE AND MORE CASES APPEAR THE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL NEED TO KEEP SUPPLIES OPEN

WE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE IT WOULD GO DONALD TRUMP GAVE A NEWS CONFERENCE AND SAID SOME THINGS THAT NEEDED SOME CLARIFICATION HE SAID HE HAD AN AGREEMENT WITH 3M TO GET 167 MILLION MASKS OVER THE NEXT THREE MONTHS NO INDICATION OF WHAT THAT MEANT FOR CANADA UNTIL LATER WHEN 3M RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING THE AGREEMENT WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ALLOWS THEM TO CONTINUE THEIR SHIPMENT OF SUPPLIES SO AS NOT TO CAUSE HUMANITARIAN ISSUES IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND THEY SINGLED OUT CANADA AND LATIN AMERICA WHERE THEY WOULD BE ALLOWED TO SHIP GEAR A BIG SIGH OF RELIEF THERE AS AT SUPPLY LINE STAYS OPEN FOR THESE MASKS

THIS IS CRITICAL ON THE FRONTLINE THIS WILL BE BACKSTOPPED ON THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY 30,000 VENTILATORS BEING BUILT IN CANADA IDEALLY THAT WOULD BE A LOT MORE THAN THE COUNTRY NEEDS THE OTHER DETERMINING STEP, ROSIE, IS THE NUMBER OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WHO CAN ACTUALLY USE VENTILATORS

YOU HAVE TO BE SPECIFICALLY TRAINED IT REQUIRES A TEAM THERE HAS BEEN A SUGGESTION THAT YOU COULD DO TWO OR THREE VENTILATORS INSTEAD OF JUST ONE AS THINGS GET STRETCHED THESE DAYS AND EVEN CROSS TRAIN PEOPLE DEALING WITH MACHINES TO TEACH THEM HOW TO USE VENTILATORS THE HUMAN CAPACITY AS WELL AS THE INDUSTRIAL CAPACITY OF BUILDING THESE THINGS THAT IS PART OF THAT WHOLE TILTING OF THE INDUSTRIAL POLICY THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE PAY OFF TODAY IS THESE 30,000 VENTILATORS FROM COMPANIES IN ADDITION TO THORNHILL MEDICAL, WHICH IS THE INITIAL ONE THAT PRODUCES PORTABLE VENTILATORS

THESE ARE GOING TO BE FULL-SIZED >> Rosemary: GOOD INFORMATION THERE THIS IS PREPARING FOR THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO WHAT EVERYONE IS HOPING, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS, AND YOU AT HOME ARE HOPING WE CAN GET A HANDLE ON THE PANDEMIC PART OF THAT IS TO PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING, STAY HOME IF YOU CAN, DON'T LEAVE THE HOUSE EXCEPT TO GET GROCERIES

AND THEN THIS NEW ADVICE FROM THE CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER OFFICER IS IF YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WEARING A HOMEMADE MASK IN A PLACE YOU CAN'T GET SOCIAL DISTANCING, GROCERY STORE, TRANSIT, YOU CAN DO THAT AS WELL OBVIOUSLY THE FOCUS IS SPLIT HERE IN TERMS OF PREPARING FOR THE EVENTUAL OUTCOME, BUT HOPING WE DON'T GET THERE OR GETTING THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM PREPARED IF WE DO GET THERE AS VASSY MENTIONED, LAST OVERNIGHT AND YESTERDAY WE HEARD ABOUT UK PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON'S CONDITION

WE ARE HOPING TO GET MORE DETAILS ABOUT THAT, BUT HE WAS HIMSELF TRANSFERRED TO THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM HE HAS OF COURSE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19, AND OBVIOUSLY THE SITUATION IS A FAIRLY SERIOUS ONE LET'S GO TO DOMINIC VALITIS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, IN BRISTOL DOMINIC, WHAT IS THE LATEST WE KNOW? >> Dominic: WE HAD AN UPDATE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER'S SPOKESPERSON HE WAS STABLE OVERNIGHT, IS BEING GIVEN OXYGEN, BUT IS NOT ON A VENTILATOR AND HAS NOT BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PNEUMONIA

FINALLY ONE LINE TO SAY THE PRIME MINISTER IS IN GOOD SPIRITS SOME ENCOURAGING NEWS THERE ABOUT PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON'S MEDICAL CONDITION BUT OF COURSE THIS HAS ALL COME AT A HUGE SHOCK AND MESSAGES OF SUPPORT HAVE BEEN COMING IN FROM AROUND THE WORLD ALL DAY TODAY EARLY THE QUEEN SENT A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT TO BORIS JOHNSON HIS PARTNER, CARRIE SYMONDS, WHO OF COURSE IS EXPECTING THEIR FIRST CHILD IMMINENTLY

AND HER MAJESTY'S MESSAGE READ — HER MAJESTY SAID THEY WERE IN HER THOUGHTS AND THAT SHE WISHED THE PRIME MINISTER A FULL AND SPEEDY RECOVERY A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT TOO, ROSIE, FROM PRINCE WILLIAM THIS AFTERNOON TO BORIS JOHNSON HE SAID, OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE PRIME MINISTER AND HIS FAMILY HE, LIKE SO MANY IN THE UK

, AND AROUND THE WORLD ARE AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS WE WISH HIM A SPEEDY RECOVERY ENCOURAGING NEWS THERE, ROSIE WE ARE EXPECTING ANOTHER UPDATE ON THE PRIME MINISTER'S HEALTH CONDITION LATER ON TODAY IN, I SUSPECT, AN HOUR FROM NOW DURING THE DAILY BRIEFING >> Rosemary: GOOD

WE WILL STAND BY FOR THAT OBVIOUSLY THE PRIME MINISTER DID RECEIVE SOME OXYGEN, NOT ON A VENTILATOR WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE RUNNING OF GOVERNMENT? IS HE INVOLVED? HOW INVOLVED IS HE AT THIS STAGE? >> Dominic: THIS IS WHERE THINGS GET CONFUSING PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THE UK

DOESN'T HAVE A WRITTEN CONSTITUTION THERE ARE NO WRITTEN RULES OR MANUAL OR HANDBOOK AS TO WHAT HAPPENS IF THE PRIME MINISTER — IF A PRIME MINISTER, RATHER, IS INCAPACITATED EARLIER AS WELL AS GIVING THAT HEALTH UPDATE HIS SPEAKSPERSON WAS KEEN TO UNDERLINE THE FACT THAT THE PRIME MINISTER IS STILL A PRIME MINISTER, AND THAT TIES INTO A SCHOOL OF THOUGHT HERE, ROSIE, THAT PRIME MINISTERS ARE PRIME MINISTERS UNLESS THEY RESIGN OR DIE NOW, DOMINIC RAAB, WHO IS THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, IS NOW STANDING IN AT BORIS JOHNSON'S REQUEST TO DEPUTIZE, BUT ONLY WHERE NECESSARY THAT'S BECAUSE AS WELL AS BEING THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, DOMINIC RAAB IS ALSO FIRST SECRETARY OF STATE

THAT ADDITIONAL POSITION HAS BEEN INTERPRETED TO MEAN HE IS NOW THE CABINET MINISTER DESIGNATED TO STAND IN NOW, RAAB MAKING DECISIONS IN CERTAIN AREAS, CERTAIN MINOR AREAS LIKE APPOINTING JUDGES OR MINISTERS TO THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND IS VIEWED AS NOT TOO PROBLEMATIC WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MAJOR DECISIONS LIKE MILITARY ACTION, IT IS MORE SO PART OF THE PROBLEM IS WE DON'T HAVE A WRITTEN CONSTITUTION, BUT WHAT WE DO HAVE IS SOMETHING OF A HISTORICAL PRECEDENT HERE IF YOU GO BACK TO 1953, SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL SUFFERED A STROKE

RAAB BUTLER, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EX-CHECKER WAS APPOINTED AS THE LEADER OF THE CABINET THAT IS SWINGING INTO PLACE, THAT THE CABINET WILL MAKE COLLECTIVE DECISIONS WITH DOMINIC RAAB AT THE HELM >> Rosemary: DOMINIC VALITIS WITH THE VERY LATEST ON THE PRIME MINISTER'S HEALTH WE HOPE TO GET A BRIEFING IN AN HOUR APPRECIATE IT

LET'S BRING BACK VASSY AND DAVID OBVIOUSLY THOSE KINDS OF STORIES HIT HOME BECAUSE OUR PRIME MINISTER EXPERIENCED COVID-19 WITH HIS WIFE, NOW BETTER AND DOING FINE, BUT THE PRIME MINISTER STILL SELF-ISOLATING TO SOME EXTENT HE MADE IT CLEAR THE OTHER DAY THAT HE'S DOING WELL AND HAS NO SYMPTOMS, BUT HE WANTS TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR CANADIANS IN TERMS OF WORKING FROM HOME IT SHOWS YOU THIS PANDEMIC HITS ALL PEOPLE IT GOES AFTER EVERYONE AND IS EXTREMELY CONTAGIOUS

WE WILL BRING YOU THE LATEST ON THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER AS WE HAVE IS MORE LET'S GO BACK AS WE WAIT FOR OUR PRIME MINISTER BACK TO THE CERB I AM GETTING TWEETS I PUT OUT THE NUMBERS OF THE HUGE NUMBER OF CLAIMS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE AND PROCESSED, BUT THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE LEFT OUT AND WE HOPE TO HEAR FROM THE GOVERNMENT ON SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE, VASSY >> Vassy: YEAH, I PRIME MINISTER MENTIONED IT YESTERDAY

WE ARE SPEAKING HERE PARTICULARLY OF PEOPLE WHO AREN'T COVERED BY THE CERB THE PRIME MINISTER DESCRIBED THEM AS PEOPLE WHO ARE REDUCED TO FEWER THAN 10 HOURS A WEEK OR PART TIME OR THOSE IN CARE HOMES WHERE IT'S MORE ADVANTAGEOUS FOR THEM TO GO ON THE CERB INSTEAD OF WORKING THE WAY THAT IS TO BE ADDRESSED WILL BE UNVEILED THE PRIME MINISTER SAID IT'S COMING IN THE COMING DAYS THE EMPLOYMENT MINISTER SAID IT COULD BE PART OF LEGISLATION OR WORKED INTO THE WAGE SUBSIDY

THEY WEREN'T CLEAR ON WHICH METHOD WOULD ADDRESS THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT COVERED BY THE CERB, BUT THEY ARE PROMISING TO DO SO THEY DON'T WANT TO INTRODUCE A NEW SYSTEM FOR THOSE PEOPLE THEY DON'T WANT TO TAKE TWO WEEKS TO TEST OUT THAT SYSTEM IF THE TECHNICAL ASPECT OF THE CERB IS WORKING, IF THE TECHNICAL ASPECT OF THE WAGE SUBSIDY ENDS UP WORKING, THEY WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITHIN THOSE SYSTEMS TO TRY TO ADDRESS THOSE GAPS, BUT AGAIN NO SPECIFIC TIMELINE WHEN THAT WILL HAPPEN, OTHER THAN THE COMING DAYS >> Rosemary: THAT MAKES SENSE

WE'RE MORE THAN 24 HOURS IN, BUT THE CRA WAS ABLE TO PROCESS 1,000 APPLICATIONS A MINUTE WHICH IS FAIRLY EXTRAORDINARY FOR ANYONE, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT, AND CERTAINLY BELIES THE NOTION THAT GOVERNMENT CANNOT DO THINGS QUICKLY I GUESS THEY CAN IN EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES

YOU WOULD SEE WHY THEY WOULD WANT TO USE THE SAME METHOD GOING FORWARD TO CAPTURE PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY WHEN YOU CREATE POLICY SO QUICKLY, PEOPLE GET LEFT OUT WE'RE ONLY A MINUTE AWAY FROM THE PRIME MINISTER SO MAYBE THIS ISN'T FAIR, DAVID, BUT WHAT IS THE LATEST WE'RE HEARING ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROJECTIONS BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO GET THAT FROM QUÉBEC? >> David: WE MAY HEAR THAT, BUT WE'RE GOING TO SEE THERE'S A SHORTAGE OF MEDICAL GOWNS AND WE HAVE COMPANIES LIKE STANFIELD AND CANADA GOOSE MAKING THE GOWNS COMPANIES MAKING AIRBAGS AND A WRAP FOR A HOUSE DURING CONSTRUCTION, THEY'RE GOING TO RETOOL TO PROVIDE THE MEDICAL-GRADE FABRIC THAT THESE COMPANIES NEED TO TURN THESE GOWNS INTO ITEMS FOR THE FRONTLINES YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THIS POLICY IN CANADA THAT NAVDEEP BAINS ROLLED OUT COMING TO REALITY NOW

THE 3,000-PLUS COMPANIES THAT RAISED THEIR HANDS AND SAID THEY'RE HERE, SHOW US HOW, THEY'RE GOING TO SWITCH TO MAKING VENTILATORS AND PEOPLE WHO MAKE AIRBAGS AND BUILDING SUPPLIES ARE GOING TO MAKE THE GOWNS NEEDED ON THE FRONTLINES YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE DOMESTIC SECURITY THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WHO IS WALKING OUT SAID WE WANTED, COMES TO FRUITION >> Rosemary: IT'S THE INGENUITY OF THESE COMPANIES MAKING THE SWITCH, IT'S AMAZING HERE IS THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA >> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH PRIME MINISTER JOHNSON AND HIS FAMILY DURING THIS TIME

I'VE WORKED WITH BORIS FOR SOME TIME NOW, AND I KNOW HOW COMMITTED HE IS TO SERVING THE PEOPLE OF THE UK HE IS A FIGHTER AND HE WILL BE FIGHTING NOW TO REGAIN HIS HEALTH AND GET BACK TO THE JOB HE LOVES SOPHIE AND I AND ALL CANADIANS ARE WISHING HIM A SPEEDY RECOVERY TO OUR BRITISH FRIENDS, CANADIANS STAND WITH YOU

WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER [Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] EVERY TIME THAT WE HEAR SOMEONE HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED BECAUSE OF COVID-19, WE'RE WORRIED BUT WE MUST REMEMBER THAT WE ARE NOT POWERLESS IN THE FACE OF THIS SITUATION EVERYONE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOLUTION AND YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, EVEN WHEN IT IS LOVELY OUTSIDE

I KNOW THAT IT'S EVEN MORE DIFFICULT THESE DAYS WITH SPRING COMING, BUT WE MUST CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THAT ADVICE NOW IF WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SUMMER IN A FEW MONTHS ONLY GO OUT IF YOU NEED TO BUY GROCERIES, AND EVEN THEN TRY TO GO AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE AND THAT APPLIES TO EVERYONE, WHEREVER YOU MAY LIVE OR WHAT YOU DO IN LIFE HAVING SAID THAT, SOME PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO DO EVEN MORE BECAUSE THEY HAVE SPECIAL SKILLS OR RESOURCES THAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW FOR EXAMPLE, WE ARE OFFERING FULL-TIME JOBS TO RESERVISTS IN THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES

THAT WAY, IF COMMUNITIES NEED MORE SUPPORT, WE WILL BE READY HEALTH CANADA IS ALSO RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS TO HELP OUT OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS A FEW WEEKS AGO WE ASKED FOR COMPANIES TO PRODUCE ITEMS THAT ARE VERY MUCH IN DEMAND NOW SINCE THEN, ALMOST 5,000 CANADIAN COMPANIES HAVE GOTTEN IN TOUCH WITH US TO OFFER THEIR SERVICES ON BEHALF OF ALL CANADIANS, I THANK YOU

IT'S TRULY INSPIRING TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE WANTING TO HELP [end of translation] OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS NEARLY 5,000 CANADIAN COMPANIES HAVE STEPPED-UP TO FIGHT COVID-19 ON BEHALF OF ALL CANADIANS, THANK YOU FOR STEPPING UP AS THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 INTENSIFIES, THE NEED FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS GOING UP TO KEEP OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS SAFE FROM COVID-19, WE NEED A SUSTAINABLE AND STABLE SUPPLY OF THESE PRODUCTS, AND THAT MEANS MAKING THEM AT HOME

WITH OUR PLAN TO MOBILIZE INDUSTRY, WE'RE HELPING COMPANIES TO RETOOL, REPURPOSE, AND INNOVATE TO FIGHT COVID-19 WE'VE ALREADY SIGNED LETTERS OF INTENT WITH A NUMBER OF PARTNERS TO PRODUCE THE THINGS WE NEED, AND TODAY WE HAVE MORE GOOD NEWS TO SHARE WE'RE WORKING WITH THORNHILL, MEDICAL, CAO

, VENTILATORS FOR CANADIANS, AND A GROUP LED BY STARFISH MEDICAL TO PRODUCE UP TO 30,000 MADE-IN-CANADA VENTILATORS THESE PURCHASES WILL INCREASE OUR CAPACITY TO MAKE SURE THESE LIFE-SAVING MACHINES ARE MADE RIGHT HERE AT HOME WE'RE WORKING WITH NOBEL PRIZE WINNER DR ART MCDONALD WHO IS WORKING ON MAKING VENTILATORS THAT ARE EASY TO MAKE AND TO MAKE GOWNS IN CANADA, WE ARE TEAMING UP WITH OVER 20 COMPANIES, INCLUDING ACTERYX, CANADA GOOSE, AND STANFIELD

WHAT IS GREAT TO SEE IS NOT JUST HOW MANY COMPANIES ARE PRODUCING THESE GOODS, BUT INNOVATING FOR EXAMPLE, AUTO LIVES IS LOOKING TO MAKE MEDICAL GOWNS OUT OF MATERIAL IT NORMALLY USES TO MAKE AIRBAGS [Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] AT THE SAME TIME, OUR GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO PURCHASE MASKS TO PROTECT OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO ARE DOING EXTRAORDINARY WORK WE HAVE ORDERED MILLIONS OF SURGICAL MASKS FROM A NUMBER OF CANADIAN COMPANIES AND WE SUPPORT MEDICOM WHICH WILL INCREASE ITS CAPACITY OF N95 MASKS WE ARE PURCHASING THE DISINFECTANT FOR THE HANDS AND HEALTH CANADA HAS AUTHORIZED THE SALE OF MORE THAN 85 OF THESE PRODUCTS IN CANADA

SOME PRODUCTS WILL TAKE LONGER TO MANUFACTURE THAN OTHERS, BUT EVERY SINGLE WEEK WE ARE MOVING FORWARD TO INCREASE OUR CAPACITY TO PRODUCE THEM I WANT TO THANK MINISTER BAINS WHO IS DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB THESE DAYS I ALSO KNOW THAT A NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT A SHORTAGE OF MATERIALS LOOKING AT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OTHER COUNTRIES, AND I UNDERSTAND YOUR CONCERNS, PARTICULARLY IF YOU OR ONE OF YOUR LOVED ONES WORKS IN HEALTHCARE, BUT I CAN TELL YOU WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO AVOID THAT HAPPENING [end of translation] OUR GOVERNMENT IS WORKING AROUND-THE-CLOCK TO ENSURE OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO SAVE LIVES AND STAY SAFE

WHILE LOOKING TO GET EQUIPMENT FROM CANADIAN SOURCES, WE'RE ALSO IN TOUCH WITH THOSE AROUND THE WORLD WHO WANT TO SELL TO CANADA WE'RE EXPECTING 500,000 MASKS TO CANADA WHETHER YOU'RE MAKING MEDICAL GOWNS, DELIVERING VENTILATORS, OR TREATING A PATIENT WITH COVID-19, WE HAVE YOUR BACK WE'RE GOING TO BE THERE FOR YOU WE ALSO HAVE A THREE-POINT ECONOMIC PLAN THAT SUPPORTS BUSINESS OWNERS, INCLUDING THROUGH NEW LOANS, WHILE SAFEGUARDING JOBS WITH THE WAGE SUBSIDY AND HELPING THOSE WHO NO LONGER HAVE A PAYCHEQUE WITH THE CERB

YESTERDAY EVENING OUR GOVERNMENT PROACTIVELY SHARED OUR PROPOSED LEGISLATION ON WAGE SUBSIDY WITH OPPOSITION PARTIES I KNOW HOUSE LEADERS WILL BE SPEAKING THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO REACH AN AGREEMENT FOR THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TO QUICKLY PASS THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH WILL GIVE MUCH-NEEDED FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO CANADIAN WORKERS, WHILE HELPING EMPLOYERS TO KEEP THEIR STAFF ON THE PAYROLL A LOT OF WORK HAS BEEN DONE SINCE WE ANNOUNCED OUR PLAN TO SUBSIDIZE WAGES WE CONTINUE TO RELY ON YOUR INPUT AND FEEDBACK AS WE REFINE IT, AND WE WILL HAVE MORE DETAILS TO SHARE VERY SOON YESTERDAY WAS ALSO THE FIRST DAY PEOPLE COULD APPLY TO RECEIVE THE CERB

ON THAT NOTE, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE TREMENDOUS WORK DONE BY THE PUBLIC SERVICE, WHO PROCESSED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CLAIMS THEY'RE WORKING AROUND-THE-CLOCK TO GET CANADIANS THE HELP THEY NEED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND I ALSO WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE IF YOU WERE BORN IN APRIL, MAY, OR JUNE, TODAY IS THE DAY YOU CAN APPLY FINALLY, AS SOME OF YOU KNOW, TODAY MARKS WORLD HEALTH DAY AND NATIONAL CAREGIVER DAY THIS YEAR I'M ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL FOR OUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND CAREGIVERS WHO ARE WORKING DAY AND NIGHT TO KEEP US SAFE AND TO CARE FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE

AS CANADA CONFRONTS IN PANDEMIC, MANY HAVE POINTED TO OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AS A MAJOR ASSET OURS IS A COUNTRY WHERE HEALTH IS A RIGHT RATHER THAN A PRIVILEGE THAT'S SOMETHING OF WHICH WE CAN ALL BE PROUD, BUT OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS ONLY AS STRONG AS THE PEOPLE IT EMPLOYS, WHETHER YOU ARE A DOCTOR OR A NURSE, SOMEONE WHO KEEPS OUR HOSPITAL CLEAN, OR A HOME CARE WORKER, THANK YOU FOR TAKING SUCH GOOD CARE OF US THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE OVER THE YEARS TO HELP SO MANY OF US START A FAMILY, OVERCOME AN ILLNESS, AND ENJOY LONGER AND HEALTHIER LIVES WE DO NOT NEED A PANDEMIC OR A SPECIAL DAY TO RECOGNIZE YOUR ESSENTIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS COUNTRY, BUT I HOPE ALL CANADIANS WILL JOIN ME IN EXPRESSING OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE

I HOPE CANADIANS HONK A LITTLE LOUDER WHEN YOUR SHIFT ENDS TODAY AND ADD ANOTHER RAINBOW TO THEIR WINDOW [Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, THANK YOU TO ALL OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND PROFESSIONALS THANK YOU >> Operator: THE FIRST QUESTION IS FROM PETER MANSARU FROM "THE HILL TIMES" YOUR LINE IS OPEN

>> Question: GOOD MORNING, PRIME MINISTER I WANT TO GO BACK QUICKLY TO ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR DECISION ON MARCH 16 TO CLOSE THE BORDER TO FOREIGN NATIONAL SECURITY THE HEALTH MINISTER HAD BEEN SAYING FOR MORE THAN A MONTH BY THAT POINT THAT THERE WAS NO BENEFIT REALLY TO DOING THAT, IT WOULDN'T KEEP CANADIANS SAFE YOU EXPLAINED YOUR DECISION AT THE TIME BY SAYING THAT THE ADVICE YOU HAD BEEN RECEIVING FROM PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS HAD BEEN EVOLVING CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT HOW EXACTLY THAT ADVICE CHANGED

>> Answer: I APPRECIATE THAT YOUR QUESTION IS TAKING US BACK TO MARCH 16, BUT I'M FOCUSED ON TODAY AND I'M FOCUSED ON TOMORROW THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF REFLECTIONS ON WHAT HAS BEEN DONE IN THE PAST WE'LL CERTAINLY KEEP REFLECTING ON THAT, BUT EVERYTHING I'M FOCUSED ON RIGHT NOW IS HOW TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE GETTING THE HELP THEY NEED RIGHT NOW, HOW TO KEEP CANADIANS SAFE, HOW TO GET THROUGH THIS PARTICULAR TIME, AND THAT'S WHAT I'LL STAY FOCUSED ON >> FOLLOW-UP QUESTION >> Question: YEAH, SURE

WE'RE JUST LOOKING FOR SOME CLARITY ON HOW EXACTLY THE PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE HAS BEEN CHANGING, HOW THE INFORMATION COMING FROM THESE OFFICIALS HAS BEEN CHANGING AND WHERE THEY'RE GETTING IT FROM >> Answer: THIS IS A NEVER-BEFORE-EXPERIENCED PANDEMIC THAT IS PRESENTING NEW CHALLENGES EVERY SINGLE DAY, NEW FACTS, NEW DATA EVERY SINGLE DAY THROUGHOUT, WE'RE MAKING DECISIONS BASED ON THE BEST ADVICE THAT THOSE HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE GIVING US OBVIOUSLY THIS ADVICE IS BASED ON MODELLING, ON FACTS, ON WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OTHER COUNTRIES, ON WHAT PREDICTIONS CAN BE MADE AROUND WHAT MIGHT HELP AND WHAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AS THAT EVOLVES AND THE INFORMATION EVOLVES, OF COURSE WE'RE GOING TO KEEP ADJUSTING AND UPDATING OUR APPROACH

WE HAVE DONE THAT FROM THE BEGINNING AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO >> Operator: THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM CHRISTOPHER NARDI FROM "THE NATIONAL POST" YOUR LINE IS OPEN >> Question: GOOD MORNING, MR PRIME MINISTER

I WANT TO COME BACK QUICKLY YOU MENTIONED EARLIER THAT A GROUP OF COMPANIES ARE GOING TO BE TEAMING UP TO PRODUCE 30,000 MADE-IN-CANADA VENTILATORS DOES THAT MEAN THAT YOU EXPECT WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO USE 30,000 VENTILATORS THROUGHOUT THIS PANDEMIC? >> Answer: WHAT WE'VE SAID FROM THE BEGINNING IS WE NEED TO BE READY FOR ANY AND ALL CIRCUMSTANCES THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE VENTILATORS AVAILABLE IF WE NEED THEM IS GOING TO BE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT SO WE HAVE TOLD THESE COMPANIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE PUT UP THEIR HANDS TO GO AHEAD AND GET BUILDING VENTILATORS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND AS MANY AS POSSIBLE IN CASE WE NEED THEM IN CANADA

WE CERTAINLY HOPE THAT WE WON'T BE NEEDING ALL THOSE VENTILATORS, BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT THERE ARE COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD WHERE THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO TOOL UP TO CREATE MORE VENTILATORS THEY'RE GOING TO BE RELIANT ON A GLOBAL SUPPLY THAT'S ALREADY STRETCHED THIN IF WE END UP MAKING MORE VENTILATORS THAN CANADIANS NEED BECAUSE CANADIANS KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCING AND CONTINUE TO FOLLOW BEST HEALTH ADVICE, THAT WILL BE GREAT NEWS AND WE WILL HAVE VENTILATORS TO SHARE WITH OTHER COUNTRIES FACING MORE DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES FOR US DOING MORE RIGHT NOW AND QUICKER RIGHT NOW IS REALLY THE ONLY OPTION [Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE MUST PREPARE FOR THE WORST

WE ASKED CANADIAN COMPANIES WHO HAVE NOW VOLUNTEERED TO MANUFACTURE PRODUCTS, A LOT OF THEM, AND TO DO SO QUICKLY WE HOPE THAT WE WON'T NEED ALL OF THOSE VENTILATORS WE HOPE THAT WE WON'T NEED ALL OF THAT EQUIPMENT PRODUCED IN CANADA EVEN IF WE DON'T NEED IT, THERE WILL HOPEFULLY BE COUNTRIES THAT DO AND WE CAN HOPEFULLY CONTROL THIS EPIDEMIC OUR DECISION IS TO DO MORE AND MORE QUICKLY BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT PEOPLE EXPECT

[end of translation] >> Question: AS A FOLLOW UP, I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT YOUR WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAM YOU MENTIONED YESTERDAY THAT YOU PASSED A BILL TO THE OPPOSITION DOES THAT MEAN A BILL AND PARLIAMENT NEEDS TO BE RECONVENED IN ORDER FOR THAT PROGRAM TO GO FORWARD? >> Answer: MUCH OF THE WAGE SUBSIDY IS GOING TO BE EMBEDDED IN THE INCOME TAX ACT, SO THAT DOES REQUIRE US TO MOVE FORWARD ON PARLIAMENTARY LEGISLATION AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW WITH PARLIAMENTARIANS >> Operator: THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM KRISTY KIRKUP FROM THE "THE GLOBE AND MAIL"

YOUR LINE IS OPEN >> Question: HAS THE UNITED STATES GRANTED A FULL EXEMPTION FOR ITS IMPORT RESTRICTIONS OR IS THE SITUATION WITH THE COMPANY 3M A ONE-OFF? >> Answer: WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH AMERICANS AS I'VE SAID, WE'VE HAD CONSTRUCTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE CONVERSATIONS THAT HAVE ASSURED THAT THIS PARTICULAR SHIPMENT COMES THROUGH WE RECOGNIZE THERE'S STILL MORE WORK TO DO WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO HIGHLIGHT TO THE AMERICA SITUATION THE POINT TO WHICH HEALTHCARE SUPPLIES AND SERVICES GO BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE BORDER AND IT IS IN BOTH OF OUR INTERESTS TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER WITH INTEGRATED SUPPLY CHAINS THAT MOVE BACK AND FORTH, TO MAKE SURE WE CONTINUE TO PROTECT CANADIAN HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHILE THEY CONTINUE TO DO WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE

[Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] WE RECOGNIZE THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT TO THE AMERICANS THAT WE HAVE A FULLY INTEGRATED BORDER AND SYSTEM NOW, IT'S VERY GOOD NEWS THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET THOSE SHIPMENTS FROM 3M, BUT WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO WORK TO ENSURE THAT THE US ADMINISTRATION UNDERSTANDS IT IS IN BOTH OF OUR INTERESTS TO CONTINUE TO ENSURE A FREE FLOW OF GOODS AND EQUIPMENT — ESSENTIAL GOODS AND EQUIPMENT ACROSS THE BORDER IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES [end of translation]

>> Question: ON ANOTHER MATTER, WHAT IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PREPARED TO DO IF COVID-19 ENDS UP SPREADING LIKE WILDFIRE IN COMMUNITIES LIKE FORT HOPE IN NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO, GIVEN ITS HOUSING CRISIS AND IT'S BEEN ON A BOIL WATER CRISIS FOR MORE THAN 6800 DAYS >> Answer: FROM THE VERY BEGINNING WE HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON RURAL, REMOTE, INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES THAT COULD BE EXTREMELY VULNERABLE BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CHALLENGES AROUND HOUSING AND HEALTHCARE, BUT ALSO VULNERABILITIES IN THE POPULATION OF ELDERS AND PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORY CHALLENGES THAT'S WHY FROM THE START WE'VE WORKED WITH THE AFN

AND WITH COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE SENDING MORE MONEY, MORE COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO THOSE AREAS WE WILL CONTINUE TO RESPOND IN EVERY WAY WE POSSIBLY CAN TO HELP THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE BEGINNING TO DEAL WITH COVID-19 WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE PARTICULAR VULNERABILITIES THAT WE NEED TO WORK VERY CAREFULLY WITH AND WE CONTINUE TO DO SO [Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] WE RECOGNIZE FROM THE OUTSET THAT INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY COULD BE MORE VULNERABLE TO THIS EPIDEMIC BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING PROBLEMS AND THE LACK OF HEALTHCARE SO WE HAVE ALREADY DONE A GREAT DEAL TO TRY TO SECURE THOSE COMMUNITIES, BUT WE ALSO KNOW THERE'S MUCH MORE TO BE DONE AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEM

[end of translation] >> Operator: THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM MANON KORDIE FROM "LE DEVOIR" >> Question: THE BANKS ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD REDUCE THEIR INTEREST RATES ON CREDIT CARDS, BUT ONLY FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T PAY THE MINIMUM AMOUNT AND FOR THE PERIOD THEY CAN'T PAY IT IN THE MEANTIME, THE INTEREST ACCUMULATES SO WHEN THEY COME OUT OF THAT PERIOD, THEY WILL HAVE VERY HEAVY DEBT

NOW, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHETHER YOU THINK IT'S REASONABLE OR NOT TO SAY THAT THE INTEREST RATES WILL BE LOWER WHEN THE BANKS ARE MAKING $45 BILLION IN PROFITS >> Answer: WELL, RIGHT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING WE'VE BEEN IN DISCUSSION WITH THE BANKS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO MORE I HAVE OFTEN SPOKEN AT THIS PODIUM ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF LOWERING INTEREST RATES ON CREDIT CARDS WE'RE HAPPY THAT THE BANKS HAVE TAKEN SOME INITIAL MEASURES, BUT WE REALIZE THEY CAN DO MORE AND WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE THAT'S WHY THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA IS WORKING ON OTHER SOLUTIONS IN ORDER TO GIVE PEOPLE ACCESS TO CREDIT AT LOW RATES

WE WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT THAT IN THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS >> Question: YES, YOU ALSO DID BUY BLOCK MORTGAGES WILL YOU DEMAND MORE OF THE BANKS IN EXCHANGE FOR THE SUPPORT THAT YOU'RE GIVING THEM? THEY HAVE THE MEANS >> Answer: WELL, BANKS IN CANADA DEPEND ON A HEALTHY ECONOMY AND ON SUCCESSFUL CANADIANS THEY KNOW THAT IF WE'RE FACING VERY, VERY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES FOR CANADIANS AND BUSINESSES, THEY ALSO WILL END UP SUFFERING

THAT'S WHY WE'RE ENCOURAGING THEM TO DO MORE AND WE CONTINUE OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM, WITH A MAIN FOCUS ON THE BANKS' NEED TO DO MORE WE KNOW THEY HAVE DONE CERTAIN THINGS, BUT THERE'S STILL MORE TO BE DONE EVERY SINGLE DAY WE'RE SEEING THAT THIS CRISIS IS BECOMING A MAJOR CHALLENGE FOR EVERYONE [end of translation] >> Question: YESTERDAY DR

TAM SAID ONE SHOULD WEAR A NON-MEDICAL MASK IF PHYSICAL DISTANCING WAS NOT POSSIBLE, BUT THERE'S STILL A LOT OF CONFUSION ABOUT WHEN AND WHERE ONE SHOULD WEAR A MASK MAYBE YOU COULD CLARIFY FOR CANADIANS REGARDING NON-MEDICAL MASKS WHETHER A PERSON IS PRE-SYMPTOMATIC OR ASYMPTOMATIC, SHOULD THEY WEAR A NON-SURGICAL MASK WHEN THEY GO OUTSIDE, EVEN IF THEY THINK THEY CAN PHYSICAL DISTANCE? >> Answer: I THINK THOSE ARE THE QUESTIONS PEOPLE SHOULD BE TAKING THE ADVICE OF MEDICAL EXPERTS FROM I AM NOT A MEDICAL EXPERT WHAT I HAVE HEARD FROM MEDICAL EXPERTS IS THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS FOR PEOPLE TO STAY HOME IF THEY DO HAVE TO GO OUT, THEY NEED TO KEEP 2 METRES APART AND LOOK TO GO OUT AS MINIMALLY AS POSSIBLE, WASH YOUR HANDS REGULARLY, AND COUGH INTO YOUR ELBOWS

THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE KNOW WILL SLOW AND ARREST OF THIS DISEASE THROUGH THIS COUNTRY MY UNDERSTANDING FROM DR TAM YESTERDAY, IF PEOPLE WANT TO WEAR A MASK, THAT IS OKAY IT PROTECTS OTHERS MORE THAN IT PROTECTS YOU BECAUSE IT PREVENTS YOU FROM BREATHING OR SPEAKING MOISTLY ON THEM — WHAT A TERRIBLE IMAGE — BUT IT ACTUALLY IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE CAN DO IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS OUR FOCUS IS MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE DON'T THINK THAT WEARING MASKS CAN MEAN THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO SOCIAL DISTANCE AS MUCH OR CAN GO OUT MORE OFTEN

THE ADVICE REMAINS, STAY HOME AND KEEP 2 METRES APART >> Question: ALSO, WHEN YOUR GOVERNMENT SAW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 BACK IN CHINA AND ASIA BACK IN JANUARY, DID YOUR GOVERNMENT START PROCURING EXTRA MEDICAL SUPPLIES THEN? BECAUSE IT SEEMS THAT CANADA WAS NOT PREPARED AND DID NOT SECURE ENOUGH PPEs FOR OUR HOSPITAL WORKERS? >> Answer: I THINK WE'RE SEEING NOW THAT THE ENTIRE WORLD WAS UNPREPARED TO HAVE AS MUCH P

PE AS NEEDED SOME PLACES ARE FACING FAR GREATER SHORTAGES THAN CANADA WE HAVE WORKED EXTREMELY HARD TO STEP UP OUR PROCUREMENT OF P

PEs, BUT ALSO INCREASING THE CANADIAN PRODUCTION OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS LIKE VENTILATORS AND TESTING KITS WE RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE INCREDIBLY LUCKY THAT CANADIAN COMPANIES ARE STEPPING UP IN THE AND IN THE COMING WEEKS WE WILL SECURED SUPPLY OF MANY OF THOSE PRODUCTS FROM HERE IN CANADA IN THE MEANTIME, WE CONTINUE TO WORK TO BRING IN THE EQUIPMENT THAT IS GOING TO BE NECESSARY TO KEEP OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS PROTECTED AND OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS PROTECTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY

>> Question: [Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] WHEN THE EQUIPMENT WILL BE READY, DO WE KNOW IF THERE WILL BE ENOUGH TO MEET THE DEMAND BECAUSE YOU DON'T SEEM TO KNOW THAT AND HOW WILL THAT BE REASSURING FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS? >> Answer: WELL, 30,000 VENTILATORS IS A LARGE NUMBER AND WE HOPE IT WILL BE MUCH MORE THAN ENOUGH TO MEET ANY WORST-CASE SCENARIO THAT MAY ARISE IN THE COMING WEEKS AND THAT WE'LL HAVE ENOUGH VENTILATORS BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT PREPARING IN ADVANCE FOR THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO IS THE RESPONSIBLE THING TO DO WE KNOW THAT THOSE VENTILATORS WILL BE READY IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEM TO HAVE A CLEARER IDEA OF WHEN WE CAN ACTUALLY ACCESS THEM AND DISTRIBUTE THEM ACROSS THE COUNTRY [end of translation] WE RECOGNIZE THAT 30,000 VENTILATORS IS A LARGE NUMBER OF VENTILATORS, AND WE CERTAINLY HOPE THAT WE DO NOT GET ANYWHERE NEAR THAT NUMBER BUT WE FIND IT MUCH BETTER TO BE PREPARED AND TO CREATE THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT THAT ARE GOING TO BE NECESSARY IN CANADA AND CERTAINLY ELSEWHERE AROUND THE WORLD

WE FORESEE THOSE VENTILATORS, THERE'S A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SUPPLIERS COMING IN A NUMBER OF WEEKS, SOME IN A MATTER OF MONTHS, BUT WE KNOW THAT CREATING THESE IS GOING TO BE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO HANDLE THE FUTURE PASS OF THIS EPIDEMIC >> Question: [Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] HUAWEI IS GOING TO BE PROVIDING MASKS AND RESPIRATORS, BUT WE'RE IN A TENSE SITUATION WITH CHINA WILL CANADA ACCEPT THOSE PRODUCTS FROM HUAWEI AND ARE YOU NOT CONCERNED THEY WILL ASK FOR SOMETHING IN RETURN, PARTICULARLY IN THE CASE OF MENG WANZHOU? >> Answer: WE WILL RECEIVE THINGS FROM VARIOUS COMPANIES AND WE'RE HAPPY THEY ARE OFFERING THAT WE WILL USE THEM ON THE CONDITION THEY MEET OUR NEEDS AND THEY ARE OF THE APPROPRIATE QUALITY, CONSIDERING THESE ARE FOR OUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND WE ARE ACCEPTING THOSE DONATIONS QUITE OPENLY BUT NO, WE DO NOT EXPECT THIS TO HAVE ANY IMPACT ON OUR — THIS WILL NOT AFFECT OUR DECISION ON OTHER ISSUES IN THE YEARS TO COME

[end of translation] WE ARE HAPPY TO BE RECEIVING DONATIONS AND SHIPMENTS FROM MANY COMPANIES IN CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT EQUIPMENT IS TO CANADIAN STANDARDS AND WE WILL MAKE SURE IT GETS TO THE HEALTHCARE AND FRONTLINE WORKERS WHO NEED IT THAT IS OUR PRIORITY RIGHT NOW, BUT RECEIVING GOODS FROM A PARTICULAR COMPANY WON'T NECESSARILY IMPLY AT ALL THAT WE REGARD DIFFERENT SITUATIONS WITH THAT COMPANY ANY DIFFERENT IN THE FUTURE >> Question: IT'S ANNIE BERGERON-OLIVER WITH CTV NEWS THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE SITTING AT HOME DEALING WITH ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, AND STRESS, WHETHER BECAUSE THEY CAN'T FIGURE OUT TO PAY THEIR UPCOMING BILLS, DEALING WITH COVID-19 ON THEIR OWN, OR THEY'VE LOST A LOVED ONE AND CAN'T HAVE A FUNERAL OR A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

WHY HAS YOUR GOVERNMENT NOT DONE MORE FOR THOSE PEOPLE AND WHAT SPECIFICALLY WILL YOU BE DOING? >> Answer: FIRST OFF, WE KNOW IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET HELP TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE THE MONEY WE HAVE PUT TO THE WAGE SUBSIDY AND THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT HAS GONE TOWARDS ALLEVIATING THE STRESS PEOPLE ARE FACING PEOPLE ARE FACING MANY THINGS, WHETHER IT'S KIDS STUCK ALONE AND NOT ABLE TO PLAY WITH FRIENDS, OR SENIORS WORRIED ABOUT THEIR OWN VULNERABILITY, OR CANADIANS WHO ARE REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THEIR SITUATION AND THEIR FUTURE AND ARE FEELING ALONE AND REALLY CHALLENGED WE NEED TO BE THERE FOR EACH OTHER THAT'S WHY I SAID A FEW WEEKS AGO, REACH OUT IF YOU NEED HELP

THERE ARE SUPPORT LINES AND MEASURES IN PLACE TO GIVE US POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT AND SUPPORT, BUT EACH OF US INDIVIDUALLY CAN ALSO LOOK OUT FOR OUR NEIGHBOURS AND LOVED ONES HAVE MORE CONVERSATIONS AND TRY TO CREATE A SUPPORTIVE SYSTEM WHERE WE'RE THERE FOR EACH OTHER AND ABLE TO GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER THIS IS A DIFFICULT SITUATION AND PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT ON A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE CARING FOR EACH OTHER AND WE HAVE DONE THINGS AND NEED TO DO MORE TO SUPPORT CANADIANS THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME EVERYONE HAS TO DO EVERYTHING TO KEEP OUR WORKERS SAFE AND MINIMIZE THE IMPACT OF THIS DISEASE

>> Question: A GROWING NUMBER OF POLICE OFFICERS AND BYLAW OFFICERS RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE STARTING TO LAY FINES AND CHARGES TO PEOPLE NOT OBEYING PHYSICAL DISTANCING MEASURES DO YOU SUPPORT FINING INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOT FOLLOWING SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES? NOW WITH A NUMBER OF PEOPLE BEING ISSUED THESE TICKETS, DOES THAT INDICATE TO YOU MANY PEOPLE ARE STILL NOT TAKING THIS PANDEMIC SERIOUSLY? >> Answer: WE KNOW THAT ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO ENSURE THAT THIS PANDEMIC IS AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE, IS AS UNSERIOUS OR AS NON-CONSEQUENTIAL AS POSSIBLE, THAT THE FEWEST NUMBER OF CANADIANS DIE, THAT OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS DON'T GET OVERWHELMED, WE NEED TO STAY HOME AND ENGAGE IN SOCIAL DISTANCING THAT HAS BEEN THE MESSAGE FOR WEEKS NOW AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE MESSAGE FOR A NUMBER OF WEEKS WE NEED TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS DOING THEIR PART I RECOGNIZE THAT A LOT OF POLICE FORCES AND MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS ARE LOOKING AT WAYS OF ENSURING PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW SERIOUS IT IS

WE OF COURSE EXPECT PEOPLE TO USE GOOD JUDGMENT, BOTH ON BEHALF OF CITIZENS TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND NOT GOING OUT IF THEY DON'T HAVE TO, BUT ALSO ON ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN TERMS OF APPLYING FINES WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER WE NEED TO GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER ASK BE THERE FOR EACH OTHER, BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS DOING THEIR PART AS WELL >> Question: [ Indiscernible ] — >> Answer: [Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] WE RECOGNIZE THAT WHAT IS ESSENTIAL IN THIS SITUATION IS THAT PEOPLE CONTINUE TO KEEP THEIR DISTANCE AND STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WE KNOW THAT'S THE BEST WAY OF GETTING THROUGH THIS

WE SEE THAT THERE ARE POLICE SERVICES AND MUNICIPALITIES THAT ARE STARTING TO APPLY FINES AND GIVE TICKETS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE BE MOTIVATED AND ENCOURAGED AND THAT THEY KNOW THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES IF THEY DO NOT FOLLOW THAT ADVICE THE MOST SERIOUS CONSEQUENCE WILL BE MORE DEAD CANADIANS AND MORE PRESSURE ON OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM BUT IF THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO GET THOSE TICKETS, AS WE ASK ALL CANADIANS TO USE THEIR GOOD JUDGMENT IN TERMS OF KNOWING WHAT TO DO OR NOT TO DO, WE EXPECT OUR POLICE OFFICERS AS WELL TO USE THEIR GOOD JUDGMENT WHEN HANDING OUT FINES AND TICKETS [end of translation]

>> Question: I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU ABOUT TESTING FOR THE VIRUS WHAT'S HOLDING UP HEALTH CANADA FROM APPROVING CERTIFY — SEROLOGIC TESTING AND WHAT IS KEEPING US FROM ADOPTING WIDESPREAD TESTING TO GET THIS UNDER CONTROL? >> Answer: AS I'VE SAID OVER THE WEEKS, RAPID AND WIDESPREAD TESTING IS ESSENTIAL IN CONTROLLING THIS VIRUS CANADA IS DOING WELL IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF TESTS WE'RE DOING, BUT WE KNOW WE CAN AND SHOULD BE DOING BETTER THAT'S WHY NATIONALLY EVERY DAY WE'RE TESTING MORE PEOPLE THAN THE DAY BEFORE, AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT PROVINCES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE DOING THE TESTS THAT ARE NECESSARY THE SEROLOGIC TESTS ARE BEING LOOKED AT CAREFULLY TO SEE WHO HAS THE ANTIBODIES

BUT WE'RE IN THE EARLY DAYS OF REFLECTING ON THE SOCIETAL AND MEDICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THOSE TESTS WE'RE LOOKING TO PURSUE EVERY AVENUE GETTING US THROUGH THIS, KEEPING THE NUMBERS OF CANADIANS SEVERELY INFECTED TO THE LOWEST LEVEL AND OF COURSE TO BRINGING OUR ECONOMY BACK STRONGLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN KEEP DOING THE THINGS THAT WE LOVE TO DO AS CANADIANS [Speaking French] [Voice of Interpreter] WE RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS ESSENTIAL TO CARRY OUT MORE TESTING AS A STRATEGY, NOT JUST FOR NOW BUT OVER THE LONG TERM, TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE COVID-19 UNDER CONTROL THAT IS WHY EVERY SINGLE DAY AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL WE ARE TESTING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE THOSE NUMBERS WE ARE WORKING WITH THE VARIOUS JURISDICTIONS TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE CAN DO MORE BECAUSE THAT IS A CRITICAL PIECE OF THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF STRATEGIES BEING LOOKED AT, INCLUDING SEROLOGICAL TESTING WE'RE LOOKING AT ALL POSSIBLE AVENUES TO ARRIVE AT A SOLUTION FOR OUR COUNTRY, SO THAT WE CAN GET BETTER, BE HEALTHY AS INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES IN THE COMING DAYS [end of translation] >> Question: YOUR GOVERNMENT ASKED CORRECTIONAL OFFICIALS TO CONSIDER EARLY RELEASE FOR SOME INMATES BECAUSE OF COVID-19 I'M WONDERING WHAT'S HAPPENED

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES SAYS THEYEER STUDYING THIS, BUT THERE ARE SOME OUTBREAKS WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG TO ACT? >> Answer: WE'RE TAKING MEASURES TO ENSURE WE'RE KEEPING INMATES AND CORRECTIONS OFFICERS MORE SAFE FROM COVID-19, BUT WE'RE STILL LOOKING AT OTHER STEPS I'M SURE MINISTER BLAIR WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE FURTHER UPDATES ON THAT IN THE COMING DAYS >> Rosemary: AND THAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA WITH HIS DAILY BRIEFING ON THE PANDEMIC I'LL START ON THE POINT WHERE HE ENDED AND THAT IS THE SEROLOGICAL TESTS, THE BLOOD TESTS, THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE SUGGESTING MIGHT BE VALUABLE IN TERMS OF DETERMINING WHO HAS ANTIBODIES WITHIN THEIR SYSTEM AND SORT OF THE LEVEL OF IMMUNITY IN THE POPULATION

THE PRIME MINISTER SAYS THEY'RE LOOKING AT THOSE, BUT THERE ARE SOCIETAL IMPLICATIONS AND DR TAM SAID SHE IS ALSO LOOKING AT THOSE TESTS LET'S BRING BACK VASSY KAPELOS AND DAVID COCHRANE LOTS OF NEWS THERE IN TERMS OF THE PRODUCTION OF DIFFERENT THINGS THAT THIS COUNTRY REQUIRES

I WOULD JUST POINT OUT THE SPEED WITH WHICH THIS HAS HAPPENED I WOULD POINT OUT THE ORIGINAL CALL WENT OUT THREE WEEKS AGO VASSY, OVER TO YOU >> Vassy: CAN I PICK UP ON WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT THE SEROLOGICAL TESTS DR

GOLDMAN HAS HIGHLIGHTED THE ISSUE ON TWITTER THE CANADIAN COMPANY THAT PRODUCES AND MANUFACTURERS THOSE TESTS HAS BEEN SHIPPING THEM TO THE UNITED STATES FOR USE SO THE QUESTION IS WHY AREN'T THOSE TESTS BEING USED HERE IF, IN FACT, THEY CAN BE HELPFUL DR TAM AND THE PRIME MINISTER SAID THEY'RE BEING REVIEWED

HEALTH CANADA FIVE DAYS AGO SAID THE DEPARTMENT IS WORKING WITH THE NATIONAL MICROBIOLOGY LAB TO VERIFY THE RESULTS SO WE CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE RESULTS AND ALSO TO NOTE THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IS NOT SPECIFICALLY RECOMMENDING THEIR USE THAT HIGHLIGHTS AND MAYBE FLAGS THE RELATIONSHIP — THE ADVICE OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND HOW IT IS INCORPORATED INTO OUR OWN COUNTRY'S POLICY BUT I THINK THE SORT OF DRIVER OF THE STORY IS THAT THERE ARE THESE CANADIAN COMPANIES AND ONE IN PARTICULAR THAT IS PRODUCING THESE AND MANY ARE BEING EXPORTED TO THE UNITED STATES FOR USE AND WHY ARE THEY NOT STAYING HERE THAT'S SOMETHING TO PAY ATTENTION TO, HOW MUCH ATTENTION IS PAID TO IT AT HEALTH CANADA AND WHEN AND IF THEY MIGHT BE AVAILABLE FOR USE HERE IN CANADA

ON YOUR ORIGINAL QUESTION FOR SURE, THE VENTILATORS, WAS THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT UP TO 30,000 VENTILATORS BEING MADE BY CANADIAN COMPANIES AFTER AGREEMENTS REACHED WITH THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT I THINK THE SAILIAN — SALIENT POINTS ARE, IS THAT WHAT YOU WERE EXPECTING AND HOW FAST WILL THEY BE MADE? THE FIRST QUESTION, WE HOPE NOT, WE HOPE WE DON'T NEED THAT MANY THE QUESTION OF TIMING, THE PRIME MINISTER SAID HE HOPED THEY WOULD BE READY IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS, WE HEAR THAT A LOT, COMING DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS HERE HE PUT A COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS ON IT

THE QUESTION OF NEED IS DIRECTLY ATTACHED TO THE INCREASE IN CASES AND THE POTENTIAL INCREASE IN HOSPITALIZATIONS VENTILATORS ARE USED IN THE ICU RIGHT NOW WE ARE SO CLOSELY WATCHING THE CURVES IN ALL THE PROVINCES AND THE NUMBERS OF CASES IN ALL THE PROVINCES TO SEE WHEN THAT SURGE HAPPENS

THE SURGE CORRESPONDS WITH AN INCREASE OF CASES IN HOSPITAL AND IN THE ICU SO WILL THERE BE ENOUGH VENTILATORS, THE QUESTION IS, FOR CASES IN THE IC

U I'M NOT AN EXPERT IN THAT I DON'T KNOW IT'S ALSO UNPREDICTABLE AT THIS POINT THE QUESTION OF TIMING IS AN IMPORTANT ONE IF WE SEE INCREASES OVER THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS AND THERE ARE HOSPITALIZATIONS, WE WILL SEE IF EVERY PROVINCE HAS ENOUGH VENTILATORS OR IF THESE BEING PRODUCED IN CANADA ARE READY IN TIME

>> Rosemary: OR IF THEY'RE BEING SENT TO SURGE AREAS DAVID, TO MY OTHER POINT, IT WAS ON MARCH 20 THAT THE GOVERNMENT PUT THIS CALL OUT I MEAN, AGAIN, THE SPEED AT WHICH THIS IS HAPPENING BY PRIVATE COMPANIES IS FAIRLY REMARKABLE, EVEN IF WE DON'T KNOW RIGHTLY AS VASSY POINTED OUT WHEN THEY'RE GOING TO COME OFF THE PRODUCTION LINES >> David: YEAH, IT SEEMS LIKE THIS IS WELL UNDERWAY WILL WE NEED 30,000 VENTILATORS, MAYBE

WILL WE NEED THEM ALL AT THE SAME TIME, THAT WOULD BE A NIGHTMARE SCENARIO FOR CANADA IF IT ACTUALLY GOT TO THAT POINT SO I THINK THIS IS AN EXERCISE IN A BUNCH OF THINGS, PRUDENCE, INNOVATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE THIS KEEPS PEOPLE WORKING AND DOING THINGS, AND THE BUILD-UP OF AN EXPORT CAPACITY TO SEND TO OTHER COUNTRIES SO THEY DON'T GET OVERWHELMED AND SWAMPED I'M SURE SOUTH OF THE BORDER, THEY COULD FIND USE BASED ON THEIR POPULATION AND WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THEIR EPIDEMIC CURVE WITH THE TESTING, WHATEVER STESING WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, SWABS OR SEROLOGICAL TESTS, THE NUMBERS COMING OUT ARE SOBERING FROM OUR COLLEAGUE MIKE CRAWLEY ONTARIO WANTED TO BE DOING 5,000 TESTS A DAY, THEY'RE UP TO 2,500

THERE IS A LAG IN TESTING BECAUSE THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED, ONTARIO HAS, 13,000 — THE LAB CAPACITY TO PROCESS 13,000 TESTS A DAY THEY'RE NOT GETTING THE SAMPLES AND WHAT THEY NEED TO TEST BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK ACROSS THE WORLD AND WE TALK ABOUT THE BEST OPTIONS AND WAYS TO DEAL WITH THIS, THE COUNTRIES THAT HAVE DONE RAPID, WIDE-SCALE TESTING AND TRACING TO ISOLATE AND SUPPORT THOSE SICK HAVE HAD THE BEST SUCCESS GETTING THIS UNDER CONTROL THE LAG IN CANADA'S BIGGEST PROVINCE, COMPARED TO BRITISH COLUMBIA, WHAT THEY'VE DONE AND HOW THEIR NUMBERS ARE BENDING THIS IS SOMETHING WE'VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT

WE WANT A NATIONAL MODEL FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT IF YOU'RE NOT GETTING A ROBUST NUMBER OF SAMPLES FROM THE PROVINCES, IT'S A REAL CHALLENGE >> Rosemary: YEAH, I WAS GOING TO SAY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY BC IS TESTING AT A HIGHER RATE THAN EVERYONE ELSE AND SOME CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM WITH THE CURVE FLATTENING

I'M GOING TO PUT YOU ON HOLD FLAVIO VOLTE IS STANDING BY HE SAYS HIS INDUSTRY AND THE GOVERNMENT ARE WORKING IN LOCK STEP TO GET THIS GOING GOOD TO SEE YOU >> Interview: THANKS FOR HAVING ME >> Rosemary: TELL ME HOW INVOLVED ARE YOU AND YOUR INDUSTRY INVOLVED IN THESE 30,000 VENTILATORS? >> Interview: WE'RE RIGHT IN THE THICK OF IT

YOU TALKED ABOUT THE CALL TO ACTION ON MARCH 20 WE MADE A CALL TO ACTION ON MARCH 15 WE SAID WE COULD MAKE COMPLEX THINGS LIKE VENTILATORS LET'S CALL THE COMPANIES THAT HAVE THE IP

AND SEE IF THEY CAN GET IN AGREEMENT WITH US UNDER LICENCE, CAN THEY HELP US MANUFACTURE THESE, THE BIGGEST CANADIAN SUPPLIER COMPANIES HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS SINCE THE MIDDLE OF LAST MONTH ALMOST ALL OF THOSE VENTILATOR DISCUSSIONS ARE ABOUT WHEN CAN WE GET THEM HERE AND WHAT SCALE CAN WE MANUFACTURE AUTOMOTIVE IS THE ONLY INDUSTRY HERE THAT MAKES THAT SCALE AND CAN PIVOT AT LAST COUNT WE HAD 165 AUTOMOTIVE AND TOOLING COMPANIES THAT VOLUNTEERED TO BE PART OF THIS EFFORT

A LOT OF THEM IN CONTRACT WITH VARIOUS LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO MANUFACTURE PRODUCT, INCLUDING VENTILATORS THIS MORNING PREMIER FORD SHOWED UP A AT WOODBRIDGE GROUP IN VAUGHAN, THAT IS AS OF YESTERDAY MANUFACTURING LEVEL 3 MASKS AND GETTING MILLIONS OF THEM OUT A WEEK THE REINFORCEMENTS ARE COMING >> Rosemary: IT IS REMARKABLE, AS I SAID, THE FAST TURN THAT INDUSTRY HAS MADE DO YOU HAVE A SENSE OF HOW MANY VENTILATORS AND HOW QUICKLY YOU CAN GET THEM OUT THE DOOR AT THIS STAGE? IS THIS

>> Interview: THE VENTILATOR IS A COMPLEX MACHINE AND A LOT OF THE SUBCOMPONENTS HAVE A LONG LEAD TIME, TWO OR THREE WEEKS FOR ELECTRONIC MOTHERBOARDS, BUT WE WERE PART OF THE NEGOTIATIONS FOR DELIVERY IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WHAT YOU WILL SEE IS A CURVE, AS SOON AS THOSE SUPPLY CHAINS GET GOING AND THEN, BOOM, THEY'RE GONE IN A MONTH OR SO YOU WILL SEE EVERYTHING WE NEED SHOW UP AS THEY'RE AVAILABLE IN BATCHES, THEY WILL BE PICKED UP AT THE FACTORY GATES I KNOW SOME OF THOSE CONTRACTS INCLUDE DELIVERIES THIS WEEK

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I KNOW PLACES LIKE O2 IN BRAMPTON, THE WORK IS ALREADY UNDERWAY >> Rosemary: SO YOU'RE JUST BUILDING WITH WHAT YOU HAVE FOR NOW AS YOU WAIT FOR THE OTHER PARTS HOW ARE THE WORKERS, THE PEOPLE WHO WERE DOING OTHER THINGS BEFORE, FEELING ABOUT HOW TO DO THIS NOW? I WOULD THINK THEY'RE EMBRACING IT, BUT GIVE ME YOUR SENSE >> Interview: IT'S 100,000 PEOPLE WHO WORK IN AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY IN THIS COUNTRY AND MOST OF THEM ARE ON LAYOFFS THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN CALLED TO WORK ON P

PEs AND VENTILATORS ARE DOING SO WITH AN INCREDIBLE SENSE OF PRIDE OUR COMPANIES HAVE ESTABLISHED WORKPLACE PROTOCOLS SO WE'RE KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE, WEARING PP

Es AS THEY MAKE PPEs

BUT IT'S A SENSE OF DUTY AND CANADIAN PRIDE WE'VE BEEN CALLING IT THE LARGEST PEACE-TIME ORGANIZATION OF CANADA'S INDUSTRIAL MIGHT EVER THESE WORKERS, WE'LL TELL THEM STORIES, I'LL NAME THOUSANDS OF THEM WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER IT'S ACTUALLY — PEOPLE ARE SHOWING UP WITH A SMILE ON THEIR FACE AND SAYING, WE HEARD THE PREMIER OF QUÉBEC AND ONTARIO SAY WE MIGHT BE A WEEK AWAY AND OUR REINFORCEMENTS MADE BY US ARE SHOWING UP JUST IN TIME

>> Rosemary: I ONLY HAVE 10 OR 20 SECONDS DO YOU THINK THIS COULD BE THE BEGINNING OF A NEW INDUSTRIAL MODEL IN THIS COUNTRY? >> Interview: I THINK IF WE THINK ABOUT THESE WORST-CASE SCENARIOS WHERE WE NEED THINGS TO SAVE OUR LIVES AND APP DEVELOPMENT AND IT IS IMPORTANT, BUT NURSES AND DOCTORS NEED THINGS IN THEIR HANDS I THINK THIS WILL BE A NEW SHIFT AND A NEW EMBRACE OF MANUFACTURING IN THIS COUNTRY

>> Rosemary: FLAVIO VOLPE, GOOD TO SPEAK WITH YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK WE WILL LEAVE YOU THERE ON CBC TELEVISION YOU CAN CONTINUE WATCHING ON CBC NEWS NETWORK AND cbcnewsca [♪♪♪] [ Please Stand By ] >> Rosemary: WE ARE ALSO TODAY LOOKING AHEAD TO THE RELEASE OF MODELING DATA FROM QUEBEC ON HOW BAD OR ENCOURAGING THE SITUATION COULD GET THERE

THERE WILL BE MAYBE A SILVER LINING IN IT, AS WELL IT CERTAINLY HAS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF CASES IN THE COUNTRY AT THIS STAGE AND THOSE PROJECTIONS WILL BE REVEALED LATER THIS AFTERNOON FOR THAT, WE WILL GO TO CBC MONTREAL NEWS, DEBRA ARBEC LIKE HERE IN OTTAWA, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PUSHING FOR THESE NUMBERS >> Reporter: THE HEAD OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN QUEBEC SAYS THE BOSS WANTS THE NUMBERS SO HE'S PROVIDING THEM

HIS BOSS, OF COURSE, THE PREMIER OF QUEBEC IF LEGAULT WANTS FULL TRANSPARENCY FOR QUEBECORS TO KNOW WHAT LIES AHEAD, BUT ARUDA WOULD RATHER NOT RELEASE THESE PROJECTIONS AND WORRYING IF QUEBECORS ARE PRIVY TO THE INFORMATION THAT SHOWS THE PEAK IS NOW OR AROUND THE CORNER, THEY'LL LET THEIR GUARD DOWN HE LIKES THE END OF APRIL TO ASTROLOGY AND WHAT KIND OF MODEL SHOULD WE EXPECT AND HOW DO WE READ THEM? I SPOKE WITH QUEBEC'S LEADING INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST WHO AGREES IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR EXPERTS TO CREATE MODELS AND IF THE NUMBERS ARE OFF, THE CORRECT IS, OF COURSE, ON THE LINE SHE SAYS TO EXPECT A BEST-CASE SCENARIO OR WORSE-CASE SCENARIO IS AVERAGE KEEP AN EYE ON TWO STATISTICS, THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS AND NUMBER TWO, THE NUMBER OF DEATHS

SHE SAYS THOSE ARE REALLY THE ONLY VARIABLES WE KNOW CERTAIN COUNTY NUMBERS OF CASES ISN'T RELIABLE BECAUSE OF THE SURPRISINGLY HIGH NUMBER OF ASYMPTOMATIC NUMBER OF TRANSMISSIONS IN QUEBEC AND THEY WERE LARGELY UNDERESTIMATED AND THAT AFFECTS THE CURVE SIGNIFICANTLY WHEN I ASKED HER IF OUR SCENARIOS WOULD REFLECT THOSE OF ONTARIO, BETWEEN 3,000 AND 15,000 DEATHS, SHE SAYS YOU CAN'T COMPARE THE TWO PROVINCES TREMBLE SAYS SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE MODELS WILL SHOW BUT DOES EXPECT WE WON'T SEE A CATASTROPHY WE HAVE 121 DEATHS IN 885 CASES

MOST OF THE CASES IN QUEBEC HAVE BEEN EDERLY PEOPLE, PEOPLE OVER 70 AND SENIORS HOMES, AS YOU WELL KNOW, ARE HARD HIT WITH SEVERAL OUTBREAKS IN THE GREATER MONTREAL AREA AND WE'RE REPORTING TODAY THREE OF FIVE HOMES IN LAVAL ARE REPORTING DEATHS EIGHT PEOPLE HAVE DIED AT ONE HOME AND ALMOST HALF OF THEIR 250 RESIDENTS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE AND HALF OF THEIR STAFF HAS BEEN HIT HARD, TOO FAMILIES ARE ASKING FOR QUESTIONS, BUT THEY'RE NOT GETTING MUCH INFORMATION BECAUSE THESE HOMES ARE SO SHORT WITH STAFF, THEIR FIRST PRIORITY IS TAKING CARE OF RESIDENTS AND, UNFORTUNATELY, NOT ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM FAMILIES >> Rosemary: WE WILL WATCH THAT LATER TODAY AND AN EPIDEMIOLOGIST TOLD ME LAST WEEK AND IT STUCK IN MY HEAD, ALL MODELS LIE AND SOME LIE BETTER THAN OTHERS I'LL LEAVE THAT WITH OTHERS AS WE WAIT FOR NUMBERS

OF COURSE, WE KNOW THAT OTHER PLACES ARE ALSO ARE REVEALING THEIR MODELING ALBERTA, YOU'LL START TO GET A SENSE OF THAT LATER TONIGHT WITH A SPECIAL ADDRESS FROM PREMIER JASON KENNEY SASKATCHEWAN EXPECTED TO RELEASE MODELING THIS WEEK AND, OF COURSE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROMISING TO DO SO, AS WELL, ONCE IT HAS A CLEARER PICTURE OF THINGS FROM THE PROVINCES BEFORE WE GO TO THE FEDERAL CABINET MINISTER'S BRIEFING, I WANT TO MAKE SURE TO GET IN THIS FELLOW, CHRIS DAY, A PARAMEDIC JUST WEST OF OTTAWA AND HE'S A PART OF THIS SPECIALTY-TRAINED TEAM GOING DOOR-TO-DOOR CARRYING OUT TESTS SO PATIENTS DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE THEIR TESTS UNLESS NECESSARY CHRIS IS TAKING EXTRA STEPS TO TAKE STAGE BUT THERE CONCERNS THERE, AS WELL

TELL ME WHAT YOUR JOB IS AND WHAT YOU'RE DOING ON A REGULAR BASIS >> WELL, EVERY MORNING, WE HAVE A BRIEF VIDEO CONFERENCE WHERE WE CHAT AND DISCUSS THE PLAN OF THE DAY, BUT WE WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PUBLIC HEALTH, WITH THE METRO COUNTY HEALTH UNIT AND SO EVERYDAY THAT THEY'RE DOING SCREENING, PHONE CALLS, THEY SEND US REQUISITIONS FOR SWABBING THAT NEEDS TO GET DONE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTY SO WE PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF THE PEOPLE THAT NEED TO GET SWABBED THAT DAY AND THEN WE'RE OUT IN THE COMMUNITY DOING THOSE KIND OF SWABS SO WHETHER IT'S A NASAL SWAB OR ORAL SWAB, WE GOING RIGHT INTO PEOPLE'S HOMES AND DOING IT RIGHT THERE AND TRYING TO KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE'RE RESPECTING THE GUIDELINES OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AND NOT HAVING PEOPLE TRAVEL TO US >> Rosemary: AND THAT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE BECAUSE WE'RE OBVIOUSLY NOT TRYING TO BRING IT INTO HEALTH CENTRES OR HOSPITALS OR CLING

CLINICSWHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR? BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING INTO SOMEONE'S HOME SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 HOW WORRIED ARE YOU? >> IT'S DEFINITELY ON THE FRONT OF YOUR MIND, YOUR WHOLE WORKDAY WE TAKE PRECAUTIONS AND HAVE A SPOTTER WITH US SO WE HAVE OUR FACE SHIELDS, GOGGLES, MASKS AND GOWNS AND GLOVES AND SOMEONE IS THERE WATCHING US TO SEE WE'RE DOING IT SAFELY AFTER WE COME OUT OF THE HOME, AFTER WE COLLECTED THE SAMPLE, THEY'RE WE'RE PROPERLY DOFFING OUR EQUIPMENT AND FOLLOWING ONE STEP AT A TIME AND THAT WE ARE DOING IT IN A COMPLETE, SAFE MANNER AND THAT TRIES TO REDUCE AND MITIGATE THE RISKS TO US

>> CHRIS, THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER IS SPEAKING, BUT I WANT TO TAKE 30 SECONDS IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR HEALTH, YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH AND HOW YOU'RE DEALING WITH THAT >> ABSOLUTELY WE'VE TAKING PRECAUTIONS HERE AT HOME I'VE MOVED DOWN IN THE BASEMENT SO I'M AWAY FROM THE REST OF THE FAMILY I GO TO WORK IN STREET CLOTHES, GO COME HOME IN STREET CLOTHES AND NOTHING COMES HOME

BY BEING DOWN IN THE BASEMENT, I'M ABLE TO SEPARATE MYSELF SO IF I SHOULD AT ANY POINT, YOU KNOW, SHOW ANY SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS, THEN WE KEEP THAT DISTANCE FROM THE REST OF THE FAMILY GETTING SICK >> WELL, THAT'S PRETTY EXTRAORDINARY IN CASE NO ONE HAS TOLD YOU LATELY, THANK YOU, APPRECIATE IT >> YOU'RE WELCOME

THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY PARAMEDICS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY ARE WORKING VERY HARD AND WE'RE TRYING TO TAKE SOME OF THE LOAD OFF THE FRONT-LINE CREWS AND SO IT'S A GREAT TEAM EFFORT BY EVERYONE INVOLVED >> KEEP AT IT AND HEALTHY AND SAFE AND SAME TO YOUR FAMILY CHRIS DAY IS AN ONTARIO PARAMEDIC IN RENFREY COUNTY NOW LET'S TO GO CHRYSTIA FREELAND WITH A DAILY UPDATE (SPEAKING FRENCH)

>> THIS YEAR CELEBRATIONS WILL SEEM DIFFERENT BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR US TO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE RULES IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES AND OUR NEIGHBOURS >> WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM CANADA'S CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER, DR THERESA TAM, THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND THE MINISTER OF INNOVATION, SCIENCE AND HISTORYAND WITH US IS OUR DEPUTY PUBLC CHIEF OFFICER, DR

HOWARD NJOO TO ANSWER QUESTIONS DR TAM, PLEASE >> HELLO, EVERYONE (SPEAKING FRENCH)

>> HELLO, EVERYONE >> WITH AN UPDATE ON THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES IN CANADA THERE ARE 7,300 CASES, INCLUDING 345 DEATHS ON THE LAB FRONT WE HAVE COMPLETED TESTING FOR OVER 346,000 PEOPLE IN CANADA OF THESE, 5% ARE CONFIRMED AS POSITIVE

SO WE ARE ABLE TO TRACK WHERE THE SPREAD IS OCCURRING THERE ARE NUMEROUS OUTBREAKS IN HIGH-RISK SETTINGS, AS WELL AS SEVERE OUTCOMES IN VULNERABLE PEOPLE AND THESE SETTINGS INCLUDE LONG-TERM CARE, HOSPITAL AND CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES, BUT ALSO AN INCREASING NUMBER OF FIRST NATIONS IN ONE INUIT COMMUNITY A SINGLE CASE IN ANY METIS COMMUNITY IS HIGH CAUSE CONCERN THEY ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE TO COVID-19 DUE TO DISTANCES, ACCESS TO NECESSARY RESOURCES AND UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS IN RESPONSE TO THE HEIGHTENED RISK, I'M HEARTENED TO HEAR THAT LEADERS OF THE COMMUNITIES ARE TAKING TO PROTECT THEIR POPULATION AND WE NEED TO ORDER EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THIS EPIDEMIC AND PROTECT ALL VULNERABLE CANADIANS

WE'VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT MASKS OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS EXECUTIVE AND IWANT TO MAKE A FEW IMPORTAT POINTS (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> I WANT TO START BY SAYING THAT MEDICAL MASKS ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY ALL OVER THE WORLD AND THEY MUST BE CONSERVED FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND OTHER PEOPLE PROVIDING DIRECT CARE TO A COVID-19 PATIENT WEARING A NONMEDICAL MASK OR A FACIAL COVERING CAN BE ADDITIONAL LAYER TO PROTECT AND NOT INFECT OTHERS EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY SYMPTOMATIC

THIS CAN HELP REDUCE THE SPREAD OF RESPIRATORY DROPLETS TO OTHERS WHEN YOU CAN'T MAINTAIN A PHYSICAL DISTANCING OF TWO METRES FROM OTHERS, SUCH AS WHILE YOU'RE ON PUBLIC TRANSIT OR GETTING GROCERIES HOWEVER, WEARING A FACE COVERING DOES NOT PRECLUDE THE NEED FOR FREQUENT HAND HYGIENE AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING WITHOUT FREQUENT HAND WASHING AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING, YOU CANNOT CONSIDER YOURSELF PROTECTED AGAINST COVID-19 >> MEDICAL MASKS MUST BE CONSERVED FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND OTHERS PROVIDING CARE TO A COVID PATIENT WEARING A FACIAL LAYERING CAN BE AN ADDITIONAL MEASURE TO NOT INFECT OTHERS, EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT CURRENTLY SYMPTOMATIC

THIS CAN HELP TO REDUCE SPREAD THE RESPIRATORY DROPLETS TO OTHERS WHEN YOU CAN'T MAINTAIN A TWO METRE DISTANCE, SUCH AS ON PUBLIC TRANSIT OR GETTING GROCERIES HOWEVER, WEARING A FACE COVERING DOES NOT PRECLUDE THE NEED FOR FREQUENT HAND HYGIENE AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING WITHOUT THESE, YOU CANNOT CONSIDER YOURSELF PROTECTED FROM COVID-19 BUT FACES COVERINGS ARE NOT PROTECTIVE FOR EVERYTHING OR AGES IT COULD PRESENT A SUFFOCATION RISK AND ANYONE WHO HAS DIFFICULT BREATHING AND ANYONE UNABLE TO REMOVE THE MASK BY THEMSELVES SO THANK YOU

>> THANK YOU, VERY MUCH, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER >> WE'RE WITH THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO COVID-19 AND I WANT TO THANK THE COMPANIES THAT ARE WORKING SO HARD TO RETOOL, REPURPOSE AND INNOVATE TO FIGHT THIS DISEASE TOGETHER AND THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CANADIAN, COMING TOGETHER TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE AND STRONG, TO HELP PROTECT OUR FRONT-LINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND SAVE THE LIVES OF CANADIANS WHO BECOME SEVERELY ILL WITH COVID-19 AND I ALSO WANT TO EMPHASIZE AS MANY OTHERS HAVE SAID HERE TODAY THAT WE ALL HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY TO DEFEAT THIS VIRUS AS IT GETS WARMER OUTSIDE AND WITH RELIGIOUS CELEBRATIONS LIKE EASTER AND PASSOVER, AND RAMADAN COMING, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP AVOID GATHERING WITH OTHERS AND THIS MEANS THAT WE'LL HAVE TO POSTPONE OUR BARBECUES AND OUR FAMILY DINNERS FOR NOW

SO STAY AT HOME, DON'T INVITE OTHERS TO YOUR HOUSE, EVEN IF THEY ARE MEMBERS OF YOUR OWN FAMILY, LIMIT YOUR COMINGS AND GOINGS AND IF YOU MUST, KEEP A TWO METRE DISTANCE, A HOCKEY-STICK LENGTH AND USE THE COVID-19 APP TO LEARN HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS ALL CANADIANS HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE GETTING THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME THANK YOU >> THANK YOU, AND WE WILL NOW HEAR FROM THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC SERVICES AND PROCUREMENT (SPEAKING FRENCH)

>> HELLO, EVERYTHING MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING AND THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK IN THIS TRULY EXTRAORDINARY SITUATION, I WANT TO THANK THE WEEKS THAT ARE WORKING DAY IN AND DAY OUT TO ENSURE THAT CANADIANS WILL HAVE THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED YOUR WORK IS ESSENTIAL TO THE EFFORTS AGAINST COVID-19 AND WE ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL PUBLIC SERVICES AND PROCUREMENT CANADA IS AGGRESSIVELY AND PROACTIVELY BUYING IN BULK FROM ALL AVAILABLE SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTERS

(SPEAKING FRENCH) >> AS THE PRIME MINISTER MENTIONED, THERE WAS A DELIVERY FROM CHINA YESTERDAY WE RECEIVED APPROXIMATELY EIGHT MILLION SURGICAL MASKS AND ORDERS MADE DIRECTLY BY NOVA SCOTIA AND QUEBEC WHO WERE ALSO ON BOARD WE ARE EXPECTING MORE DELIVERIES IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS TO COME AS THE PRIME MINISTER MENTIONED, THERE WAS A DELIVERY FROM CHINA YESTERDAY

WE RECEIVED ROUGHLY EIGHT MILLION SURGICAL MASKS AND ORDERS MADE DIRECTLY BY NOVA SCOTIA AND QUEBEC WERE ALSO ON BOARD WE ARE EXPECTING MORE DELIVERIES FROM CHINA IN THE DAYS TO COME AS I WILL DESCRIBE THE REALITY IS THAT WE ARE OPERATING IN A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS ARE CHALLENGING WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD INCLUDING EMBASSIES, AS WELL, WITH ON-THE-GROUND LOGISTICS TO ENSURE THAT SUPPLIES CAN MOVE FROM SOURCE TO WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED IN CANADA RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW WITH HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ORDERED, THIS IS A COMPLEX UNDERTAKING, EVEN AS THOSE SUPPLIES ARRIVE IN CANADA

AS THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED LATE LAST WEEK, WE HAVE ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH AMAZON CANADA WHICH WILL USE ITS CANADIAN DISTRIBUTION NETWORK INCLUDING KEY PARTNERS, CANADA POST AND PURALATOR TO MANAGE THE DISTRIBUTION OF PERSONAL, PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES PURCHASED THE GOVERNMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT AS PART OF OUR EFFORTS TO ENSURE THESE SUPPLIES ARE DELIVERED ABSOLUTELY AS FAST AS POSSIBLE WHEN THEY ARE READY TO SHIP, AMAZON IS PROVIDING THESE SERVICES TO CANADIANS AT COST WITHOUT PROFIT (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> WHEN IT COMES TO COLLABORATION BETWEEN JURISDICTIONS, I CAN CONFIRM THAT LAST FRIDAY I HELD MY FIRST CALL OF THE FEDERAL PROVISIONAL AND TERRITORIAL MEETING

>> THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO SECURING AS MANY SUPPLIES AS POSSIBLE IN HIGHLY COMPETITIVE MARKETS AND WE ARE WORKING COLLABORATIVELY TOGETHER AND IT IS TRULY HEARTENING TO SEE I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO NOTE THAT WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH ALL PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES TO OFFER SPACE ON OUR CARGO FLIGHTS IN ORDER TO HELP THEM BRING THEIR SHIPMENTS BACK TO CANADA THE ORDERS FROM NOVA SCOTIA AND QUEBEC YESTERDAY ARE EXAMPLES OF THAT COLLABORATIVE SHIPPING APPROACH AS AN UPDATE ON EQUIPMENT ORDERED, INCLUDING THIS ORDER DELIVERED YESTERDAY, WE HAVE SOURCED MORE THAN 230 MILLION SURGICAL MASKS TO SUPPORT THE RESPONSE, OVER 16 MILLION HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO DATE WE HAVE ALSO ROUGHLY 75 MILLION N95 MASKS ON ORDER

WE EXPECT TO HAVE ROUGHLY 23 MILLION MASKS IN CANADA'S POSSESSION BY THE END OF THE WEEK AMONG OTHER SUPPLIERS, WE HAVE ALSO ORDERED OVER 113,000 LITERS OF HAND SANITIZER, MOST OF WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE DELIVERED THIS MONTH WE HAVE RECEIVED 20,000-LITERS IN THE PAST 24 HOURS AND ARE EXPECTING ANOTHER ROUGHLY TEN THOUSAND LITERS THIS WEEK ALONE ON VENTILATORS, AS THE PRIME MINISTER MENTIONED, WE HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH CAE VENTILATORS FOR CANADIANS AND STARFISH MEDICAL FOR THOUSANDS MORE OF THESE LIFE-SAVING MACHINES

THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT A LOT OF WORK IS GOING INTO SOURCING ALL OF THESE HEALTH SUPPLIES AND MANY MORE SUPPLIES IN CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD BUT I KNOW THAT THE WORK DOES NOT END THERE WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL THESE SUPPLIES ARE IN CANADA, IN OUR HANDS AND ULTIMATELY IN THE HANDS OF THE MANY HEALTHCARE WORKERS ON THE FRONTLINES THIS CRISIS (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THAT CANADIANS HAVE THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED TO FIGHT COVID-19

>> YOU CAN BE ASSURED WE HAVE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN, DAY AND NIGHT, IN A CHALLENGING, INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, ANITA AND NOW WE WILL HEAR FROM THE INNOVATION OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY (SPEAKING FRENCH)

>> THANK YOU FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS, THE GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN MOBILIZING THE CANADIAN INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURE SECTOR IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 IN ORDER TO OVERCOME THE CRISIS, MANY ARE COMING TOGETHER TO ADOPT NEW TOOLS AND NEW GOALS LIKE NEVER BEFORE AND CANADIANS SHOULD BE PROUD NEARLY 5,000 CANADIAN COMPANIES HAVE CONTACTED US TO OFFER THEIR EXPERTISE SINCE OUR CALL TO ACTION WE ACTED QUICKLY TO ISSUE A CALL FOR ACTION, TO ANALYZE LETTERS OF INTENTION AND TO PLAY ORDERED

I'M VERY PROUD TO SEE IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME WE'VE HELPED TO CREATE NEW PARTNERSHIPS TO SECURE A SUPPLY OF MADE-IN-CANADA VENTILATORS FROM THORNHILL, CAE AND A GROUP LEAD BY STARFISH MEDICAL AND THIS WILL ALLOW US 30,000 VENTILATORS THESE COMPANIES AND PARTNERSHIPS ARE LEVERAGING CANADIAN PROPERTY AND MANUFACTURING EXPERTISE IN GREATING THESE PARTNERSHIPS, WE ASSEMBLED AN EVALUATION PANEL TO RUN A DUE DILIGENCE PROCESS FOR MADE-IN-CANADA VENTILATORS AND THIS IS COMPRISED OF HEALTH SPECIALISTS, MEDICAL SPECIALISTS, ENGINEERS, INFORMING SPECIALISTS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WE'RE WORKING WITH DR

ART MCDONALD DEVELOPING AN EASY TO PRODUCE VENTILATOR USING OFF-THE-SHELF ACCESSIBLE PARTS AND THE GOAL IS TO DEVELOP A VENTILATOR FIT FOR CURRENT NEEDS THAT CAN BE CONSTRUCTED QUICKLY AND RELIABLY IN CANADA AS WE'VE MENTIONED BEFORE, WE'RE ALSO SUPPORTING METACOM TO PRODUCE THE BOOSTING OF MEDICAL MASKS AND THE GOAL IS TO HELP THE COMPANY SCALE UP TO MAKE TENS OF MILLIONS OF MASKS PER YEAR RIGHT HERE IN CANADA THESE STEPS WILL REDUCE CANADA'S RELIANCE ON INTERNATIONAL SUPPLIERS FOR MASKS AND VENTILATORS AND THIS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW HERE IS ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE WE HEARD THAT OUR MEDICAL WORKERS WERE CONCERNED ABOUT NOT HAVING ENOUGH MEDICAL GOWNS TO KEEP THEM SAFE IN THE FRONTLINE

THE MATERIAL FOR GOWNS HAS NOT BEEN PRODUCED DOMESTICALLY AND SO WE NEEDED TO FIND A MADE-IN-CANADA SOLUTION TO SECURE OUR PRODUCTION CAPACITY AND KEEP OUR FRONTLINE CAREWORKERS SAFE BY ENGAGING WITH INDUSTRY AND THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX, WE WERE ABLE TO COME UP WITH INNOVATIVE S SOLUTIONS AND TURNS OUT SOME MATERIALS USED FOR CONSTRUCTION, HOUSE WRAP AND CAR AIRBAGS CAN BE REPURPOSED FOR MEDICAL GOWNS WE'RE PRODUCING MILLIONS OF GOWNS WITH MADE-IN-CANADA FABRIC WHAT I WANT CANADA'S HEALTH OFFICIALS TO HERE IS WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING AS A GOVERNMENT TO SECURE THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED TO KEEP THEM SAFE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 THIS IS ABOUT HELPING THOSE REAL-LIFE HEROES SAVE CANADIAN LIVES

THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH I GIVE THE FLOOR TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE TREASURY BOARD YES, THANK YOU I WOULD LIKE TO QUICKLY GIVE AN UPDATE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE REQUEST FOR THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT

YESTERDAY WE GOT OVER 967,000 APPLICATIONS FOR THE CERB AND THAT IS THE EQUIVALENT OF WHAT THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT USUALLY RECEIVES IN SIX MONTHS WHEN IT COMES TO EI APPLICATIONS SINCE MARCH 15th, OVER 36 MILLION APPLICATIONS FOR BENEFITS HAVE BEEN MADE AND OF THOSE, THREE MILLION HAVE BEEN PROCESSED WE ARE, OBVIOUSLY, VERY THANKFUL TO THE OFFICERS AND TO THE PEOPLE WORKING AT SERVICE CANADA FOR THEIR DILIGENT WORK WE ARE ALSO VERY GRATEFUL TO CANADIANS WHO HAVE CHARLOTTETOWN DISCIPLINE AND YESTERDAY, WE WILL REPEAT THIS FOR EVERYONE

SO TODAY, THOSE BORN IN APRIL, MAY AND JUNE CAN MAKE THEIR APPLICATION FOR THE CERB ON THE STATE OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT AND YESTERDAY WE RECEIVED OVER 966,000 APPLICATIONS FOR THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT AND THIS IS IN ONE DAY THE EQUIVALENT OF WHAT WE TYPICALLY RECEIVE IN SIX MONTHS IN TERMS OF ENTRANCE BENEFIT APPLICATIONS SINCE MARCH 15th, WE HAVE RECEIVED OVER 36 MILLION APPLICATIONS FOR EMERGENCY BENEFITS OVER THREE MILLIONS OF THESE APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN PROCESSED AND, OF COURSE, WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE HARD WORK OF CANADA AND CANADA REVENUE AGENCY WORKERS WHO HAVE WORKED VERY HARD, NOT ONLY TO RECEIVE BUT ALSO TO PROCESS THESE APPLICATION

WE'RE ALSO VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE CANADIANS FOR THEIR DISCIPLINE YESTERDAY AND WE REMIND EVERYONE BORN IN APRIL, MAY AND JUNE, THEY CAN ALSO SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATION FOR THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT >> THANK YOU WE ARE READY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS >> THERE ARE QUESTIONS ON THE PHONE BEFORE TURNING TO THE ROOM OPERATOR

>> PLEASE PRESS STAR 1 AT THIS TIME IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> THE FIRST QUESTION IS FROM TV NUVELLE QUESTION, THIS IS A QUESTION FOR MINISTER BAINS YOU CAN ANSWER IF ENGLISH, IF YOU WISH

I JUST WANT TO KNOW THIS, BEFORE THE VENTILATORS, THERE ARE 30,000 THAT WILL BE MADE HERE IN CANADA CAN YOU TELL US HOW LONG, APPROXIMATELY, IT WILL TAKE TO GET THEM? IS IT A QUESTION OF WEEK OR MORE A QUESTION OF MONTHS? YES, THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION I THINK THAT WITH THE SYSTEM AS IT STANDS NOW, WE CAN GET ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT IN A MATTER OF WEEKS WE CAN SEE THE PRODUCTION OF THESE VENTILATORS FOR CANADIAN USE (SPEAKING FRENCH)

>> THANK YOU, ANOTHER QUESTION FOR MISS FREELAND SO YES, THE ISSUE OF MASKS FROM THE 3M COMPANY IN THE US, THAT COMPANY HAS BEEN SOLVED, BUT THE PRIME MINISTER SEEMED TO IMPLY THAT THERE COULD BE OTHER PROBLEMS IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS WITH OTHER TYPES OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT HAVE THERE BEEN ANY NEGOTIATIONS? WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME AREAS IN THE UNITED STATES THAT MORE VENTILATORS

HAVE YOU NEGOTIATED AND ARE WE READY TO SEND THEM SOMETHING IN EXCHANGE SO THAT WE CAN GET WHAT WE NEED FOR OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS? ANSWER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION WE TRULY DID FIND A GOOD SOLUTION WITH 3M AND I WANT TO THANK 3M AND OUR AMERICAN PARTNERS AND NEIGHBOURS AND ALL OF THE TEAM IN CANADA WHO WORKED ON THAT WITH REGARD TO THE FUTURE, WE TOLD OUR AMERICAN PARTNERS THAT WE HAVE A MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP THAT IS VERY BALANCED WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICAL CARE AND SERVICES WE ARE INTERDEPENDENT AND THE BEST RESULTS FOR CANADA AND FOR THE UNITED STATES IS TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER OUR PARTNERS AGREED AND WE CAN SEE THAT WITH THE RESULTS THAT WE OBTAINED YESTERDAY

AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS USING THAT ARGUMENT AND WE WON'T ONLY USE THAT ARGUMENT, BUT WE WILL ALSO TRULY WORK TOGETHER WE DID HAVE A GOOD OUTCOME YESTERDAY WITH THE 3M MASKS IT WAS A REALLY TEAM CANADA EFFORT A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE LEADERS OF 3M WHO HAVE BEEN ACTING IN A REALLY RESPONSIBLE WAY AND ALSO, OF COURSE, OUR AMERICAN PARTNERS WE ACHIEVED THAT RESULT BY MAKING THE CASE TO OUR AMERICAN FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS THAT WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND MEDICAL SERVICES, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES IS ONE OF INTERDEPENDENCE

IT IS A RECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIP AND BOTH COUNTRIES DO BEST WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER AND THAT'S WHY WE WERE ABLE TO ACHIEVE A WIN-WIN OUTCOME THAT WILL BE THE ARGUMENT THAT WE CONTINUE TO MAKE AND ADVANCE IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES IN THESE TRULY DIFFICULT AND COMPLICATED TIMES I THINK IT'S GOOD NEWS FOR CANADIANS AND FOR AMERICANS THAT THAT ARGUMENT RESONATED WITH OUR PARTNERS AND WE'RE JUST GOING TO KEEP GOING IN THAT VEIN >> THANK YOU, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER NEXT QUESTION

>> THANK YOU THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM TERESA WRIGHT FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS AND YOUR LINE IS OPEN, PLEASE GO AHEAD >> GOOD MORNING I'M NOT SURE IF THIS IS BEST ANSWERED BY DR HAMMOND OR DR

HJDU I'M LOOKING TO SEE HOW MANY VENTILATORS WE HAVE IN CANADA RIGHT NOW AND HOW MANY YOU BELIEVE WE WILL NEED >> SO THE ACTUAL VENTILATOR CAPACITY WITHIN THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARLIAMENTS, OF COURSE THEY'VE CANCELED ELECTED SURGERIES TO MAKE SURE THERE'S CAPACITY IN THE ICUS WE HAVE PROVIDED VENTILATORS TO A WHOLE NUMBER OF PARLIAMENTS AND TERRITORIES AND WE ARE ACQUIRING MORE AS YOU'VE HEARD

SO BEFORE ANY REQUESTS WERE MADE BY PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES, WE PREEMPTIVELY ALREADY PURCHASED ANOTHER 600, CLOSE TO 600, AND THEN, OF COURSE, ALL OF THE INNOVATION OF THE CHANNELINGS OF ACQUISITION CAME INTO PLAY, AS WELL BUT I THINK IT'S AN AREA THAT YOU HAVE TO MONITOR IN A DYNAMIC WAY, BECAUSE EVERYDAY THERE WILL BE PEOPLE ADMITTED TO ICUS AND AVAILABLE OF ICU BEDS WILL BE BASED ON LOCAL EPIDEMIOLOGY AND HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE SICK IN THAT AREA SO IT'S NOT AN EVEN DISTRIBUTION IN TERMS OF CAPACITY ON ANY GIVEN DAY >> AND ALSO, DR TAM, I'M WONDERING IF YOU COULD TALK ABOUT THE SCIENCE FOR THE DATA THAT YOU'VE LOOKED AT IN TERMS OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING MOST IMPACTED BY THIS ILLNESS

I'M TALKING ABOUT GENDER, RACE, SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS ARE YOU COLLECTING THIS DATA AND WHAT IS IT TELLING YOU? >> YES, WE ARE COLLECTING THIS INFORMATION AND THE DETAILED INFORMATION IS ACTUALLY AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE WE DO KNOW THAT CERTAIN GROUPS HAVE A LOT OF IMPACT IN TERMS OF SEVERE AND DEATH AND THOSE ARE PEOPLE IN THE OLDER AGE GROUPS AND SO IN TERMS OF DEATH, THE VAST MAJORITY AND OVER 92 92% OF DEATHS OF THOSE 62 OR OLDER AND I THINK THAT REFLECTS SOME OF THE EPIDEMIOLOGY WE'RE SEEING WHERE THE AVERAGE AGE OF THE RESIDENTS ARE QUITE HIGH AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE SEEING THAT IMPACT RIGHT NOW

AND IN TERMS OF HOSPITALIZATIONS, AGAIN, IT'S GEARED TO THE OLDER AGE GROUPS AND WE KNOW THAT IT HAS BEEN APPROXIMATELY 60% OF HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE OVER THE AGE OF 60, BUT WE HAVE SEEN YOUNGER AGE GROUPS IMPACTED FOR SURE AND WITH EVEN YOUNG PEOPLE, 20S AND 30S, SEVERAL OF THOSE VERY TRAGIC REPORTS ARE PEOPLE IN THOSE AGE GROUPS ALSO HAVING FATALITIES AND ANOTHER WAY IS TO TRACK ICU ADMISSIONS WE HAVE ABOUT, OF THE CASE REPORTS WE RECEIVED, ABOUT 5% HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO ICU I WOULD SAY OVERALL, THE GENDER DISTRIBUTION OR THE SEX, MALE TO-FEMALE, IS EQUAL AND ANOTHER PHENOMENON TO REMEMBER IS THAT, IN FACT, IS ADULTS, PARTICULARLY THE WORKING AGE GROUP, ADULTS HAVE THE MOST ILLNESSES REPORTED BUT THE SEVERITY OF ILLNESS IS SKEWED TOWARDS THE OLDER AGE GROUPS

>> THANK YOU, NEXT QUESTION >> THANK YOU (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM RADIO-CANADA PLEASE GO AHEAD

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ASK MY QUESTION SO THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING THAT CANADA WOULD BE PRODUCING VENTILATORS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT DOMESTICALLY AND I'M WONDERING HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THAT CANADA WILL BE ABLE TO COUNT ON THIS DOMESTIC MARKET TO MEET ITS NEEDS FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF EQUIPMENT, NOT ONLY VENTILATORS? WILL WE ALWAYS HAVE TO COUNT ON THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET AND TO WHAT EXTENT? ANSWER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION WE HAVE A CLEAR STRATEGY AND IT'S BUY, BUY, BUY, AND MAKE, MAKE, MAKE IT IS A VERY CLEAR STRATEGY AND THAT IS WHY WE CREATED A PLAN TO MAKE VENTILATORS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT HERE IN CANADA

WHAT EXTENT AND WHAT PERCENTAGE? IT'S DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE THAT RIGHT NOW, BUT WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK EVERYDAY TO SEE WHAT CAPACITY WE HAVE HERE IN CANADA BUT WE ALSO HAVE A STRATEGY TO ACCUMULATE THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT BECAUSE IT'S NOT ONLY NECESSARY FOR CANADIANS BUT FOR OTHER COUNTRIES, AS WELL THANK YOU, MINISTER FOLLOWUP QUESTION YES, THANK YOU

QUESTION, SHOULD CANADA HAVE SUCCESSIVE WAVES, A BIT LIKE ONTARIO WAS SUGGESTING LAST WEEK? THIS IS DR NJOOM IT'S HARD TO PREDICT WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE, BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE COMING WEEKS WE HAVE EXPECTING GOOD NEWS IF EVERYONE CONTINUES TO PRACTISE PHYSICAL DISTANCING IN CANADA AND WITH THE ENTIRE POPULATION BEING MOTIVATED, WELL, THAT IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR AND THEN WE'LL SEE WHAT IMPACT THAT WILL HAVE ON THE FUTURE

>> WE'LL TURN TO THE ROOM STARTING WITH MOLLY FROM CTV >> MINISTER, YOU TALKED ABOUT THE SOURCING, AND DOES SOURCING MEAN A GUARANTEE THOSE WILL COME INTO THE COUNTRY? AND CAN YOU HELP ME UNDERSTAND A ROUGHLY TIMELINE WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT 230 MILLION SURGICAL MASKS, 75 MILLION N 95 MASKS? BECAUSE WE'RE SITTING IN A PROVINCE WHERE THE PREMIER SAID WE'LL RUN OUT OF MASKS BY NEXT WEEK? >> THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION I WANT TO BEGIN BY SAYING WE'RE OPERATING IN A VERY FLUID AND EVOLVING MARKET FOR PPE EVERY SINGLE DAY WE ARE AGGRESSIVELY ORDERING IN THIS MARKETPLACE, BUT WE MUST RECOGNISE THAT ARE RISKS POSED BY FRAGILE SUPPLY CHAINS AND THERE IS A FLUIDITY OF THIS CURRENT SITUATION THAT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD IN THIS PERIOD OF EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH DEMAND IN TERMS OF YOUR QUESTION RELATING TO SUPPLIES AND TIMELINES, ORDERING, OF COURSE DOES NOT GUARANTEE A DELIVERY

ORDERING MEANS THAT WE HAVE PLACED AN ORDER AND CONTRACT FOR PRODUCTS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE FIND THEIR WAY BACK TO CANADA AND IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT GOODS FIND THEIR WAY BACK TO CANADA, WE ARE TAKING VERY SERIOUS STEPS ON THE GROUND, IN TOMAKE SURE IT MEETS THE REQUIREMENT THAT COUNTRIES HAVE BEFORE THE LEAVE THE JURISDICTION FOR EXAMPLE, IN CHINA, WE HAVE ENGAGED OUR EMBASSY ON THE GROUND IN EFFORTS TO ENSURE OUR ORDERS ARE DELIVERED ON SCHEDULE AND THOSE PARTIES ARE ALSO IDENTIFYING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR US WE ARE ALSO ENGAGING DIRECTLY WITH MANUFACTURERS ON THE GROUND IN CHINA WE ARE ALSO ENGAGED WITH PRIVATE FIRMS WHO ARE ASSISTING US WITH QUALITY ASSURANCE, OPPORTUNITIES IN COUNTRY LOGISTICS, ARRANGING TRANSPORTATION AND, FOR EXAMPLE, ASSISTING US IN LEASING A WAREHOUSE IN SHANGHAI THAT CAN STORE GOODS ONCE THEY ARE SOURCED AND READY TO EXPORT

FINALLY, WE ARE ARRANGING OUR OWN TRANSPORTATION FROM CANADA YOU'VE BEEN TOLD THAT TWO PLANES HAVE ALREADY LEFT CHINA AND LANDED HERE SUCCESSFULLY AND WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE COMING THIS WEEK AND YOU CAN SEE THESE SUPPLY CHAINS ARE COMPLEX, BUT WE ARE TAKING EVERY EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THOSE GOODS BACK TO CANADA AND IN THE HANDS OF FRONT-LINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS >> DIFFICULT TO GIVE A TIME LINE

>> IT IS DIFFICULT, BUT I WILL SAY WE ARE WORKING ON SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM TIMELINES AND WE HAVE 23 MILLION N95 MASKS ARRIVING IN CANADA BY THE END OF THIS WEEK SO WE ARE SEEING PROGRESS ON THAT FRONT >> THE SECOND QUESTION HAS TO DO ABOUT EI

WHAT HAPPENS IF A PERSON RUNS OUT OF EI IN THE COMING WEEKS? THESE PEOPLE RIGHT NOW CAN'T QUALIFY FOR THAT EMERGENCY BENEFIT BUT WE KNOW THAT COULD BE BROADENED COULD PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE ANY MORE EI IN THE COMING WEEKS BE A PART OF THAT? >> VERY GOOD QUESTION AND THERE ARE TWO THINGS HAPPENING FIRST ONE IS THE IMPLEMENTATION AT THE RAPID SPACE OF THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT WHICH INITIALLY HAD THE OBJECTIVE OF BEING EMERGENCY NOT ONLY IN NAME BUT IN ACTION SO WE KNEW THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO WAS TO SECURE THE ABILITY OF PEOPLE TO MAKE ENDS PEOPLE FOR THOSE THAT HAD NO INCOME WHATSOEVER NOW WE ARE MOVING INTO A SECOND PHASE AND THE PRIME MINISTER MADE IT CLEAR YESTERDAY THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING OTHER ACTIONS TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE THAT MAY NOT HAVE LOST ALL OF THEIR INCOME, THAT, IN FACT MAY BE WORKING IN CONDITIONS WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE THE INCOME THAT THE $2,000 CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT WOULD OTHERWISE PROVIDE

>> CONSIDERING THIS IS A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC, WHEN WILL WE KNOW IT'S OVER? >> THAT'S AN EXCELLENT QUESTION AND TIES INTO WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG, WHICH IS THAT WE CANNOT FIGHT THIS ALONE AS ONE COUNTRY THAT, IN FACT, IT HAS TO BE A GLOBAL SOLUTION AND WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE WORK WITH PARTNERS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND YOU HEARD MINISTER BAINS REFERENCE IF WE DON'T NEED ALL OF THE VENTILATORS, THEY WOULD GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY THESE ARE THE KIND OF ACTIONS I THINK COUNTRIES WILL HAVE TO TAKE TOGETHER IF THERE IS ONE CASE OF COVID-19, WE ARE ALL AT RISK, BECAUSE EVEN IF YOU THINK ABOUT PREVIOUS PANDEMICS, HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO, THEY WERE GLOBAL PANDEMICS, DESPITE THE FACT THERE WAS LESS GLOBAL TRAVEL, VIRUSES AND BUGS HAVE A WAY OF MAKING THEIR WAY AROUND HUMAN POPULATION AND SO THE WORK THAT WE DO WITH THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IN ORDER TO PARTNER WITH OTHER COUNTRIES, TO UNDERSTAND THE SCIENCE TOGETHER, TO ACCELERATE THE SCIENCE AND RESEARCH AS A PARTNER COUNTRY AND THAT ORGANIZATION IS EXTREMELY PORSCHE

IMPORTANT YOUR QUESTION IS A WISE ONE BECAUSE, IN FACT, WHAT WE SEE IN COUNTRIES THAT HAVE CRESTED THEIR FIRST WAVE IS THAT THEY HAVE TO KEEP A VERY CLOSE EYE ON NEW CASES AND UNTIL WE ALL HAVE A GLOBAL SOLUTION, THIS VIRUS WILL BE WITH US AND WE'LL ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO PREVENT ITS REEMERGENCE IN ANY OF OUR COUNTRIES >> DID YOU WANT TO TAKE A JAB AT THAT, DR TAM? CONSIDERINGIT'S STILL JUST ONE QUESTION, THOUGH

[ Laughter ] >> I THINK THAT'S PRECISELY THE CASE CANADA WILL TRY EXTREMELY HARD AS WE HAVE BEEN DOING TO REDUCE THIS FIRST WAVE, BUT THE GLOBAL POPULATION IS NOT COMPLETELY IMMUNE SO UNTIL THE POPULATION OBTAINED A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF IMMUNITY, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE THIS VIRUS HAVING THE ABILITY TO HIT ANY COUNTRY SO THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT POINT IN TERMS OF INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION FINDING THOSE SOLUTIONS LIKE TREATMENTS AND VACCINES, OF COURSE, WILL BE KEY IN THE COMING MONTHS AND ANY TIME THAT WE CAN BUY FOR THAT TO OCCUR IS CRUCIAL

BECAUSE IF GLOBAL SOLUTIONS ARE NOT FOUND, THIS VIRUS COULD POTENTIALLY CONTINUE TO CIRCULATE FOR SOME TIME WE ACTUALLY DON'T KNOW, AS DR NJOO SAID, THAT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN, YOU KNOW, AFTER THE FIRST WAVE AND IN THE MONTHS TO COME BECAUSE THERE ARE DIFFERENT POSSIBILITIES AS TO WHETHER THIS VIRUS BECOMES MORE ENTRENCHED IN THE HUMAN POPULATION LIKE INFLUENZA, WHETHER IT WOULD UNDERGO MUTATIONS SO ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME, BUT EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD IS AFFECTED NOW AND NONE OF US WILL BE ABLE TO MANAGE THIS WITHOUT COORDINATION >> SO CONSIDERING ALL OF THIS TALK ABOUT MASKS, AND I'M TALKING ABOUT CLOTH MASKS, DO YOU OR DR

HAJDU, PLAN TO WEAR ONE, CONSIDERING SO MANY OF US COULD BE POSITIVE AND DON'T KNOW IT? >> IF I GO OUT AND CAN'T MAINTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCING, THAT'S ONE OPTION I WANT TO RECOGNISE THE EVIDENCE IS NOT QUITE THERE BUT THERE IS AN ADDED LAYER OF PREVENTION AND PROTECTING THE SPREADING TO OTHERS AND, AGAIN, IT'S NOT NECESSARILY THERE TO PROTECT MYSELF I THINK THERE HAS TO BE THAT REALITY CHECK AND THE FACT I STILL HAVE TO DO THE HANDWASHING AND STILL DO THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE I THINK THAT IS REASONABLE AND FEASIBLE ADVICE

>> THANK YOU >> IF THERE WAS NOT A WAY FOR ME TO PRACTISE SOCIAL DISTANCING, I WOULDN'T HESITATE TO WEAR THAT AND WITH THE DIRECTION OF DR TAM IN TERMS OF HOW TO DO IT PROPERLY AND BEING VERY AWARE THAT IT WOULD BE A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR ME I HAVEN'T WORN ONE YET AND I WOULD FEEL LIKE I WOULD WANT TO FIDDLE WITH THAT MASK, GIVEN THE NEWNESS I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE RISKS ABOUT WEARING A MASK, IS TO WEAR IT PROPERLY AND TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS AN UNCOMFORTABLE EXPERIENCE AND THERE WILL BE TO BE SELF-AWARENESS TO WANT TO ADJUST IT

AT THIS POINT, I HAVEN'T HAD TO WEAR A MASK I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PRACTISE SOCIAL DISTANCING WITHOUT ONE >> THANK YOU, MINISTER OPERATOR, OVER TO YOU >> THE NEXT QUESTION IS FROM MORA FOREST, POLITICAL

YOUR LINE IS OPEN GO AHEAD >> I THINK THIS IS FOR PRIME MINISTER CHRYSTIA FREELAND THERE ARE 500,000 MASKS FROM 3M COMING IN TOMORROW, BUT I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR, THAT'S NOT TO SAY THAT WE HAVE A FULL EXEMPTION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AT THIS POINT AND I GUESS FURTHER TO THAT, ARE THERE OTHER SHIPMENTS COMING IN OF N95 MASKS THIS WEEK? >> SO JUST TO BE CLEAR, AND THE STATEMENT THAT 3M PUT OUT YESTERDAY WAS VERY CLEAR

3M HAS RECEIVED CLEAR ASSURANCES FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES THAT SHIPMENTS TO CANADA WILL CONTINUE UNIMPEEDED AS THE PRIME MINISTER SAID, WE ARE EXPECTING A SHIPMENT VERY SOON OF 500,000 MASKS AND MORE SHIPMENTS FROM 3M TO COME WE HAVE OTHER PENDING SHIPMENTS FROM OTHER SOURCES IN THE UNITED STATES AND WE ARE WORKING COLLABORATIVELY WITH OUR AMERICAN PARTNERS TO BE SURE THAT THOSE SHIPMENTS ALSO CAN MAKE IT TO CANADA JUST AS OUR AMERICAN PARTNERS ARE WORKING COLLABORATIVELY WITH CANADA TO MAKE SURE THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND SERVICES THAT THE UNITED STATES' SERVICES DEPENDS ON FROM CANADA CAN CONTINUE TO FLOW TO THE UNITED STATES I DON'T KNOW ANITA IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD ANYTHING

>> I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT IT'S A FULL COURT PRESS ON PROCUREMENT RIGHT NOW SO WHEN A SITUATION CROPS UP WITH REGARDS TO SUPPLIES COMING INTO CANADA, WHETHER IT BE FROM THE UNITED STATES OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY, WE WORK DIPLOMATICALLY AND ENSURING THE SUPPLIES MAKE THEIR WAY BACK INTO CANADA AND THAT'S WHY I DESCRIBED THAT SITUATION WITH CHINA AND CHRYSTIA HAS DONE A GREAT JOB WE ARE DETERMINED TO MAKE SURE SUPPLIES GET BACK TO CANADA ONCE THEY ARE ORDERED AND PROCURED AND THAT IS OUR MAIN TASK DIDN'E WON'T STOP UNTIL WE GET IT DONE >> I'LL BE FAIRLY BRIEF BECAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE, AS WE RECOGNISE AS ANITA HAS SAID AND CHRYSTIA HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THERE'S STRAIN AND STRESS ON OUR GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN BUT WE'RE LOOKING AT MADE-IN-CANADA SUPPLY CHAIN LOOKING AT DOMESTIC SOURCES

THE GOWNS MADE IN CANADA, THOSE RAW MATERIALS ARE PART OF THE LOCAL SUPPLY CHAIN AND THIS FURTHER INSULATES US FOR OTHER CHALLENGES THAT WE MAY SEE IN THE NEAR FUTURE I THINK THAT'S AN IMPORTANT ASPECT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT IT'S MADE IN CANADA, IT'S NOT ONLY THE FINAL PRODUCT BY THE RAW MATERIALS THAT GO INTO BUILDING THAT PRODUCT >> MINISTER? >> THANK YOU AND MINISTER ANAND, YOU MENTIONED 25 MILLION N95 MASKS COMING IN THIS WEEK

CAN YOU SAY WHERE THOSE ARE COMING FROM BUT IT SEEMS LOW DO YOU REALISTICALLY THINK WE'LL BE ABLE TO FILL THAT ORDER OF 75 MILLION MASKS? >> THANKS FOR THE QUESTION LET ME START OFF BY SAYING THAT TALKING ABOUT THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND THE STRESSES ON THE SUPPLY CHAIN AT THE CURRENT TIME REQUIRES US TO BE SANGUIN ABOUT I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT NOW, THAT THE 3M SHIPMENT IS COMING ACROSS THE BORDER AND WILL ARRIVE TOMORROW

>> I CAN ALSO ASSURE YOU WE HAVE A PLANE THAT WILL LEAVE CHINA THIS WEEK WITH ANOTHER SHIPMENT OF N95 MASKS ON IT APART FROM THAT, I WON'T BE ABLE TO AND I'M SURE PEOPLE HERE WILL AGREE WITH ME THAT WE ARE IN AN ERA OF VOLATILITY IN GLOBAL MARKETS AND SO EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, WE MAKING SURE THAT THE SUPPLY CHAIN CAN FUNCTION AS IT SHOULD AND WHERE WE SEE SHORTFALL, WE WILL BE DEFINITELY RELYING ON DOMESTIC SUPPLY CHAINS TO BE RAMPED UP AND PROVIDING EQUIPMENT TO CANADIANS SO THAT WE HAVEINS OPERATING AT THE SAME TIME, BOTH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL >> THANK YOU, MINISTER

OPERATOR, NEXT QUESTION, PLEASE >> THANK YOU (SPEAKING FRENCH) >> I WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK TO THIS ISSUE OF MASKS, MISS FREELAND YOU SAID, I THINK, LAST WEEK, THAT 3M IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT SUPPLIER FOR CANADA, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THIS, ARE THERE OTHER AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT PROVIDE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO US ON A SIGNIFICANT SCALE? AND HAVE THOSE COMPANIES OBTAINED THE SAME EXEMPTION SUP? ANSWER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION, YES, OF COURSE, THERE ARE OTHER AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT ARE MAJOR SUPPLIERS FOR CANADA

AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO WORK ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS TO WORK WITH THOSE SUPPLIERS AND, OBVIOUSLY, WITH THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT QUESTION, SO I WILL TAKE IT FROM THAT THE SAME OBTAINED BY THOSE COMPANIES? I WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK TO A QUESTION A COLLEAGUE ASKED ABOUT THE EI BENEFITS AND I'M LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION AND I HAVE BEEN FOR AWHILE BENEFITS AND WHOSE BENEFITS ARE COMING TO AN END OR IN A FEW DAYS, THOSE PEOPLE WILL PROBABLY NOT FIND A NEW JOB IN THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES, SO CAN THEY APPLY FOR THE CERB? ANSWER, AS I SAID IN ENGLISH EARLIER AND I'M HAPPY TO REPEAT IT IN FRENCH NOW, THERE ARE TWO MAIN OBJECTIVES THAT WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING SINCE THE BEGINNING FIRST TO SET UP THE CERB AND TO MEET THE EMERGENCY NEEDS FOR CAD NOT HAVE HAD ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE ENDS MEET SO WE DID THAT QUICKLY AND THEN THE SECOND THING WE DID THAT TO GO FURTHER

WE REALIZE THAT THE HUGE SOCIAL SAFETY NET LETS PEOPLE DROP TO THE HOLES IN THAT NET, SO WE'VE BEEN WORKING ACTIVELY ON A NUMBER OF CASES SUCH AS PEOPLE WHO, FOR EXAMPLE, MIGHT BE LOSING THEIR EI BENEFITS THANK YOU, MINISTER NEXT QUESTION, PLEASE YES, NEXT QUESTION QUESTION, MY QUESTION IS FOR MINISTER THERE IS A LOT OF TALK ABOUT REQUESTS FOR PROCUREMENT OF EQUIPMENT THAT'S BEEN DONE IN THE LAST WEEK FROM ABROAD BUT I THINK IT'S BEEN EXACTLY A WEEK, I THINK IT WAS LAST TUESDAY THAT THERE WERE 60 MILLION MASKS TEEN ORDERED WITHIN CANADA SO I'M WONDERING FOR QUEBEC, CAN YOU TELL US HOW MANY MASKS HAVE ARRIVED IN QUEBEC AS OF YESTERDAY? ANSWER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH

THAT QUESTION IS NOT JUST FROM MINISTER HADJU OR DR TAM I WOULD LIKE TO SAY WHEN WE ORDERED MASKS, WE HAD TO ENSURE THAT THE GOODS WILL ACTUALLY ARRIVE SO IT'S NOT JUST A QUESTION OF ORDERING IT'S A QUESTION OF GETTING THEM IN

SO FOR QUEBEC ONE WOULD I WOULDO ASK IF DR TAM HAS SOMETHING TO ADD WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH ALL OF THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES AND THE AGREEMENT SPECIFIES THE QUANTITY OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES THIS IS DR NJOO AND I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ADD THAT THE SITUATION IS VERY FLUID

WEVE YOU EXACT NUMBERS BECAUSE WE ARE GETTING DELIVERIES FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT AND AS A MINISTERJU ALSO SAID, WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT WHICH IS A FRAMEWORK TO ALLOCATE THE SUPPLIES TO THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES (PLEASE STAND BY) >> TO ENSURE THAT ALL REGIONS, INCLUDING QUÉBEC HAVE WHAT THEY NEED, INCLUDING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES SO IT'S IMPORTANT FOR QUÉBEC TO BE SITTING AT THE TABLE WITH EVERYONE ELSE THAT IS THE CASE AND WE REGULARLY DISCUSS THESE ISSUES

[end of translation] >> I JUST WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE, THIS IS WORLD HEALTH INCREDIBLE WORK OF NURSES AND MIDWIVES [SPEAKING FRENCH] [ APPLAUSE ] >> Rosemary: ALL RIGHT AND THAT IS THE END OF OUR DAILY FEDERAL BRIEFING FROM FEDERAL CABINET MINISTERS AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS

MOST OF THE FOCUSHAT PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY REALLY ABOUT EQUIPMENT AND PROCUREMENT I'LL BRING IN MY COLLEAGUE DAVID COCHRANE FROM OUR PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU TO TALK ABOUT THAT I THOUGHT THE BEST LINE FROM THAT PRESS CONFERENCE WAS FROM NAVDEEP BAINS SAYING OUR CLEAR STRATEGY IS BUY, BUY, BUY, MAKE, MAKE, MAKE UNFORTUNATELY HE ONLY SAID IT I TRYING TO DO HERE MINISTER ANAND IS ON THE BUYING PART AND HE IS ON THE MAKING PART

>> David: YES, HEARD WHAT THE DOMESTIC CAPACITY IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE IN TERMS OF MAKING SUPPLIES THERE ARE NOW FOUR COMPANIES WHO ARE GOING TO PUMP OUT GOAL IS VENTILATORS FOR DOMESTIC USE AND PERHAPS SHIPPING INTERNATIONALLY, HELPING THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 AN EXPLANATION ON TIMING THERE I'M TOLD BY A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL THAT THEY HAVE IN THE STOCKPILE WHAT THEY NEED IN THE SHORT TERM THE FIRST OF THESE VENTILATORS SHOULD BE ROLLING OFF THE ASSEMBLY L USING WHAT WE HAVE IN PLACE IS DESIGNED TO BE A BRIDGE BEFORE THE CAPACITY CAN FULLY RAMP UP

YOU HAVE A COMPANY MAKING AIRBAGS NOW MAKING MEDICAL GOWNS AND CONSTRUCTION-TYPE WRAPPING, THEY'RE GOING TO USE THAT FOR THE HIGHER LEVELS OF PROTECTION BECAUSE THERE'S DIFFERENT GRADES IN MEDICAL GOWNS WE'RE ALL BECOMING EXPERTS IN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT ON THE FLY, ROSIE THEY ARE GOING TO SUPPLY THAT TO ACTYRX ANDO MAKE THIS NOW WE HAVE A DOMESTIC SUPPLY OF THE RAW MATERIALS

NOT ONLY MADE IN CANADA, BUT SUPPLIED BY CANADA, WHICH FURTHER BUILDS SUPPLY CHAIN SO U DON'T RUN INTO ISSUES LIKE THE UNITED STATES HAVE HAD WITH THE EXPORT BAN YOU, CHRYSTIA FREELAND ASSURING US TODAY, THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, SAYING THAT HAS BEEN RESOLVED 3M SUPPLIES WILL CONTINUE UNINTERRUPTED BUT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS A LOT OF EXPERIENCE DEALING WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE ONLY CERTAINTY IS THE LACK OF CERTAINTY WHO KNOWS WHAT OTHER BARRIERS COULD COME UP

A BREAKDOWN THERE OF WHAT THEY'RE DOING, BUT ALSO ON THE MAKING SIDE, ROSIE, AN ORDER, I SHOW UP, IT'S NOT WHAT YOU WANTED THAT'S THE BIG CHALLENGE TRYING TO KEEP FRONTLINE WORKERS SUPPLIED >> Rosemary: THERE WILL BE MORE N95 MASKS COMES AS WELL LATER THANK YOU, DAVID DAVID WILL PROBABLY BE ON "THE NATIONAL" LATER TONIGHT

>>> JUST AN UPDATE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING FEDERALLY THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED 30,000 VENTILATORS WILL BE MADE IN CANADA TIMELINE PROBABLY REACHING INTO MAY A REAL MOVE TO PROTECT THE SUPPLY CHAIN IN QUÉBEC WE ARE EXPECTING THE MODELLING PROJECTIONS OF HOW TH

THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN LATER LET'S FIRST GO TO THE PREMIER AND PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS THEY ARE PROVIDING AN UPDATE WITH 29 NEW DEATHS AND 760 CASES ANDREW NICHOLS WILL PICK UP OUR COVERAGE FROM HERE THANKS FOR WATCHING

I AM ROSEMARY BARTON >> Premi[Speaking French] [Voic Interpreter] THERE IS THE MATERIAL TO DO THE SCREENING TESTS, THE RE-AGENTS, AND RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ENOUGH FOR SIX OR SEVEN DAYS' WORTH AND WE ARE WORKING VERY HARD I KNOW THA

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