Groundhog Covid Briefing Bingo

It’s Groundhog Day, sure, but not exactly, because there was no Federal Covid-19 Briefing on February 2 of last year. Remember BC, Before Covid, when we believed that every year would be better than the last?

Naw, who am I kidding? I’m GenX; we haven’t believed that since we were in grade school.

Here is your Groundhoggian/Woodchuckian briefing video, shockingly entirely Wiarton Willy-free! As a former Wiartonian, I thought it was a federal law that they had to mention him once a year. God knows, there’s not much else going on in that town.

1,089 views on this video, Tuesdays always being less busy than Fridays. Yeah, it’s probably because everyone figures I’m sleeping in on Tuesdays BUT I TRICKED YOU THIS TIME:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians from outside his home in Ottawa on the federal government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. He announces that the government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Novavax to produce its COVID-19 vaccine at the National Research Council of Canada’s new Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Montréal, pending Health Canada’s regulatory approval. The prime minister also faces questions about federal travel restrictions and concerns about the European Union’s vaccine export controls.

And your Briefing Bingo Cards:

Ah, poop. I forgot that I meant to get another card done; okay, check back on Friday.

We’re on time for once.

Feels parents’ pain, Spring is coming, cases reduced, scarf, gloves, vaccine, Rideau Cottage, outdoors and Outerwear squares active. Mark your Pfizer and Moderna squares too. And yay, Canada is now going to produce vaccines domestically.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today a plan to produce millions of COVID-19 shots at a plant in Montreal starting this summer, securing a domestic supply of vaccines as the global market contends with delivery delays and protectionist measures.

The National Research Council-owned Royalmount facility will churn out tens of millions of doses of the product developed by Maryland-based Novavax, Trudeau said. That company submitted its vaccine to Health Canada for regulatory approval last Friday.

“This is a major step forward to get vaccines made in Canada, for Canadians…. We need as much domestic capacity for vaccine production as possible,” Trudeau said. “We won’t rest until every Canadian who wants a vaccine has received one.”


Man, I should have asquare for “repairs damage done to the nation by Harper” mark “shades Harper” square. Specific Canadian business mentioned, mark that one. Do universities count as businesses? I think they deserve their own square.

Only 1300 watching the @cpac_tv video, Tuesdays are never as busy as Friday. “Who we are” square active now and “from coast to coast to coast” too and “BLM.” “Shades Trump” active as hell! And “Biden” square active as well. Harris deserves her own square if she doesn’t already have one.

I don’t think I have a square for Novovax, do I? I do not.

“From the very beginning” only once so far. “Keeping Canadians safe” about ten times.

Questions now: Yet another variant of the same damn vaccine question he’s asked every damn time and mark “foreshadows announcement by another person” and “fails to translate the answer.”

Today did NOT contain the CRB announcement I was hoping for. But maybe Friday?

The beard is definitely greyer than it was last year. Oh @KGallagherCTV do NOT even indirectly imply Bojo is doing a better job than Zoolander. He spanked you, too, noting the UK has a vastly greater rate of infection and grinning evilly as he did it.

“Gesticulates” square active. And “can see your breath” now that he’s somewhat heated. Good original Q about EU export restrictions and the effect on vaccine supply. But if conversations are enough then what are treaties for? Mark “Astra Zenica” and “PPE” squares.

Seems like a good idea to this pinko. At least make it a tax credit or requirement to get your CRB/Welfare/Tax Refund

We could dust off all those abandoned motels along the Trans Canada Highway and use them for quarantine. Two weeks in one of those is a MAJOR deterrent. Free serial killers in every room!

Keeping Canadians safe and from the very beginning 3x each.

If you can afford matching giraffe-printed luggage, you can afford three days in a hotel. A River. Cry one for me.

Half an hour on the dot. Like I said last week, pretty soon these briefings will just be a gif.

Meanwhile, in the US:

And some late-breaking news out of Nova Scotia, too good not to include.

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