Horgan "optimistic" pandemic will be under control in BC by Summer 2021

Dec 15 2020, 3:18 pm

BC Premier John Horgan believes the COVID-19 pandemic will no longer be impairing daily life to the same extent by Summer 2021.

As he crossed both fingers at a news conference Tuesday, he explained this view is based on briefings he’s received from top health officials. The vaccine’s arrival in the province this week has also bolstered his sense of hope.

“It’s part confidence, part optimism,” he said. “I’m an optimistic guy.”

But he cautioned residents of the province not to give up on public health measures just yet, because it will take time for enough people to get vaccinated for it to really make a difference.

“The vaccine does not mean we throw our masks up in the air today… That is not the case,” he said.

But more and more doses are arriving in the coming months, and Horgan pointed to poll data suggesting British Columbians are willing to get vaccinated. He said these factors support his belief that Summer 2021 will be a more normal one.

“I think we’ll be in a good place come summer, and a better place next fall.”