Ottawa signs procurement deal for potential COVID-19 vaccines
Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand announced yesterday
that Canada has signed a deal with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna to procure millions of doses
of COVID-19 vaccine candidates in 2021. Once procured, vaccines will require Health Canada approval prior to rollout. Both Minister Anand and Dr. Theresa Tam emphasized the need for continued public health measures in addition to vaccine trials.
Canadian Government sets aside $3.3B for pandemic-related infrastructure projects
Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna announced yesterday
a new COVID-19 “resilience” stream, a $3.3-billion fund for pandemic-related projects such as infrastructure upgrades for improved health and safety, as well as active transport infrastructure.
Tech companies see 25% drop in funding during pandemic
Federal government-sponsored exposure notification app sees 1.1 million downloads in its first four days live
Microsoft, US Government discuss American company’s purchase of TikTok
American Congress holds Anti-Trust Hearings for Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google
CEOs Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Tim Cook (Apple), and Sundar Pichai (Google) testified before the US congress
last week on the relevance of antitrust legislation to big tech.