PM Trudeau says he’ll take coronavirus antibody test once available

During today’s national address, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provided updates and statements regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and shared important information regarding the healthcare situation. Here’s a breakdown of what he discussed today.

Serological testing

Trudeau has said that he plans on taking a serological test when a model deemed more effective is available for use.

He says that his reasoning for getting tested is due to his wife, Sophie, getting diagnosed with the virus around the time the pandemic began.

The two entered a self-isolation period together with the family. During Sophie’s recovery period, Trudeau did not show any of the confirmed symptoms.

“I think serological testing is an important part of understanding exactly how COVID-19 has been present in the country,” Trudeau said.

“As soon as those tests become more largely available to Canadians, I will certainly ensure that I am one of them”.

At the moment, Health Canada has approved of the DiaSorin LIAISON, an Italian-made blood test used in Canadian labs to help determine if the blood of someone who recovered from COVID-19 contains antibodies for the virus.

Protective gear on the way

Trudeau provided updates regarding the availability of protective equipment in Canada.

In his announcement he stated that the government is increasing the amount of protective equipment orders, and has also said that more than 40 planeloads of equipment have arrived in the country and have been delivered to frontline workers.

Along with this increase, Trudeau also announced that the federal government signed a contract with General Motors for 10 million face masks that will begin to be produced right away.

Another contract has also been signed, guaranteeing Canada will see 10,000 ventilators ready for use this summer.

Canada has struggled to acquire the essential health supplies during the pandemic, as data from Public Services and Procurement Canada has shown that the country has only received a fraction of what was ordered.

Here’s a look at the numbers for those orders.

Ventilators ordered: 29,000

Ventilators received: 203

N95 masks ordered: 104 million

N95 masks received: 12 million received, 9.8 million failed testing for medical use

With procuring protective equipment through international channels being difficult, Canada has moved to rely on Canadian businesses and manufacturers for medical supplies, like ventilators, face masks, gowns, and sanitizers.

6,000 companies have reached out to the government as of last month, and many of these companies have signed contracts for the production of essentials like test kits, face shields, and surgical masks.

Canada COVID-19 Stats

Confirmed cases: 86,613

Recoveries: 45,245

Deaths: 6,637

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