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Coronavirus: Canada announces additional $1.2 billion to support First Nations communities

CA, 14 Jan 2021
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Minister of Indigenous Services Marc Miller announced an additional $1.2 billion to support First Nations communities dealing with the 2nd wave of COVID-19.

During his conversation with reporters, Miller also announced a total of 4,384 active cases of COVID-19 are currently ongoing across Canada's First Nations reserves.

Miller also updated the public on the speed of the vaccine rollout to Canada's remote northern First Nations communities.

First Nations across Canada have begun to receive doses of COVID-19 vaccines as provincial immunization programs get underway and Indigenous leaders encourage people to roll up their sleeves.

Indigenous Services Canada had confirmed nearly 10,000 cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across the country as of last Friday, including 3,288 active infections, 452 hospitalizations and 95 deaths.

Canada’s advisory committee on immunization has identified Indigenous communities among priority groups for vaccine that’s in limited supply.

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