Canada has now seen over 400,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March.
“In many parts of the country, the situation is very serious,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday. “Cases are too high and hospitals are filling up.”
Provinces across Canada have reported record-breaking case counts in the last week.
Alberta broke it’s single-day record on December 3, with 1,854 new cases. Trudeau called the rise in the province’s cases “alarming.”
Last month, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer warned that the country could see 20,000 to 60,000 new COVID-19 cases per-day by the end of 2020.
Canada has deals with seven vaccine manufacturers, including Pfizer and Moderna.
Although the country potentially has the most vaccine doses per capita in the world, vaccines are not expected to be available until early 2021. Even then, the initial supply will be limited and will be reserved for vulnerable populations.