Jan 28, 2021
By Jane Brown
The opposition New Democrats are calling out Former General Rick Hillier, who’s apparently taken a second job boosting international sales for a defence company.
In a statement, Deputy NDP leader Sara Singh says “scaling up Ontario’s vaccine roll out is not a part time job, and the $20,000 a month he’s receiving in compensation is not a part time salary.”
Singh urges Premier Doug Ford to make it clear to Hillier that he’s not taking a second job if he wants to continue leading Ontario’s vaccine strategy and rollout, which she calls “slow and sloppy.”
Joining in on that sentiment is long term care advocate Dr Vivian Stamatopolous.
The co-founder of a new group called Doctors for Justice in Long Term Care told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, the COVID-19 vaccine effort should have been given to public health to manage.
“The day it was released, the plan by General Hillier, I said what is going on here? You are missing a vital opportunity to include the people who do the (flu) vaccination successfully every year. Why did you not ask public health? It is a ridiculous failure by this government,” Dr. Stamatopolous told Fight Back. Listen to the full conversation by clicking here.
And in other news related to the COVID-19 vaccine, the World Health Organization has released new guidance about Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, recommending generally against the use of the vaccine during pregnancy except in those at high risk or exposure. The guidance echos a similar recommendation from Pfizer for its vaccine earlier this month.
Neither Moderna nor Pfizer enrolled pregnant women in their COVID-19 vaccine trials, but Pfizer says it intends to start a maternal vaccine study in the future.