Published: Thu, March 11, 2021
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Canada designates March 11 National Day of Observance for COVID-19 deaths

Canada designates March 11 National Day of Observance for COVID-19 deaths

Trudeau chose to make Thursday a national day of remembrance because it was the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic.

He adds COVID-19 has infected over 864, 000 other Canadians and had an impact on how we work, learn and connect with others, as well as live our daily lives. All Canadians have experienced sacrifice and loss over the past year - kids have missed birthday parties, seniors have felt isolated from the ones they love and many have lost jobs or every their businesses as a result of the pandemic.

"There are many institutions that we have in this country, including that big building right across the street from us, Parliament, that has and is built around a system of colonialism, or discrimination or systemic racism", Trudeau said. Together, we also recognize all who have been impacted by the pandemic, and we reaffirm our commitment to work as Team Canada to beat this virus.

Trudeau ended his speech on a hopeful note, telling Canadian that millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine are on the way, allowing provinces to accelerate their vaccination campaigns. Prime Minister Phillips, who heads the COVID-19 Task Force, used the opportunity to reassure the public that there is nothing to fear about the vaccines.

Canada has so far reported a cumulative total of 888,952 Covid-19 cases and 22,259 deaths.

The online Angus Reid Institute poll, published Monday, was conducted with a randomized sample of 1,748 Canadian adults who are members of the Angus Reid Forum between March 1 and March 4.

Johnson & Johnson has told Canada many times it is having challenges making its COVID-19 vaccine, which Ottawa approved only last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

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