The officer in charge of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has left his position pending the results of a military investigation.
The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces issued a joint statement on May 14 announcing that Major-General Dany Fortin had left his assignment with the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The succinct, three-line statement noted that Acting Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Eyre, will be “reviewing next steps” with Fortin.
“Given this investigation is ongoing, we will not be commenting further at this time,” a spokesperson for the department said.
The Public Health Agency of Canada declined to comment on Fortin’s departure, and directed all questions to the Department of National Defence.
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A former NATO commander, Fortin was appointed vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada in November of 2020, a role which saw him lead the country’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts.
Daily Hive has contacted Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and will update this story accordingly.