Ford refuses Trudeau's offer to send Canadian Red Cross to Ontario

Apr 16 2021, 10:21 am

The Government of Ontario has refused the prime minister’s offer to send the Canadian Red Cross to the province to assist with the third wave of COVID-19.

On Friday morning, Justin Trudeau announced several new measures intended to assist Ontario as virus cases soar across the province.

Trudeau said the Canadian Red Cross would be deployed in order to assist Ontario’s mobile vaccination teams, as well as to dozens of long-term care homes.

However, Premier Doug Ford has rejected the federal government’s help.

“While we appreciate the prime minister’s offer, unless it is matched with an increase in supply, we do not need the Red Cross at this time for the administration of vaccines in Ontario,” Ivana Yelich, the Director of Media Relations for the premier told Daily Hive.

“We do not have a capacity issue, we have a supply issue.”

Ontario has broken its record for the highest daily COVID-19 case count on three separate occasions this week, and numbers have hovered around 4,000 for the last seven days.

To date, the province has seen 408,383 COVID-19 cases and 7,664 virus-related deaths.

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