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Industry committee  Madam Chair, the only thing I would add is that it's a really important question, and it's a question probably better posed to the health experts or the vaccine manufacturers. They are certainly actively watching the various variants that have emerged and are wanting to understan

February 4th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Industry committee  I'll be very brief, Madam Chair. I can't speak to what the Prime Minister and the U.S. President spoke to. I'm just not in a position to share. I'm sorry.

February 4th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Industry committee  I think I can talk by quarter. The minister has already shared that in Q1 we're expecting six million doses in total of Pfizer and Moderna. You don't get there all at once, but there's a ramp-up to meet that need. Keep a close eye on it week to week, and you will see these things

February 4th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Industry committee  Madam Chair, if I could interject, the plan is that Q2 will be bigger than Q1. There's a steady ramp-up in Q2, and that's really where the vaccine effort gets quite intense.

February 4th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Industry committee  Thanks, Madam Chair. I can only speak to it from a contractual perspective. We have enough vaccines under contract for the two approved vaccines to get all Canadians vaccinated. We have delivery schedules that will get us there by the end of September. As more vaccines get appr

February 4th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Industry committee  Yes, I have, Madam Chair.

February 4th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Industry committee  The contracts themselves are confidential. That was across the board. This is an industry where they're very sensitive about protecting their IP, etc. You actually have to sign an NDA to even enter into negotiations with these companies. It is a very sensitive piece. I think I

February 4th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Industry committee  All I can say, Madam Chair, is that I take the obligations under the contract very seriously. Any potential breach of contract would not only potentially limit the ability to get vaccines, but would also compromise future negotiations, if we're viewed as a department that doesn't

February 4th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Industry committee  Thank you, Madam Chair. We have ongoing discussions with the suppliers about schedules. They start in earnest as regulatory approval gets closer. The notional quarterly allocations were set out in the summer, long before production was up and running. We do have discussions wit

February 4th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Industry committee  It's a ramp-up by quarter. I think we know what the allocation is for next week. It's still early days in terms of Pfizer and Moderna, but there is a fairly steep ramp-up. It's not a straight line. The math that was done was simply dividing the number of weeks left by the number

February 4th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Industry committee  Thank you, Madam Chair, for the question. I think to maybe further elaborate on the comments Minister Anand made, it is a contract between two parties, and the differences you will have to keep in mind with other countries are that where there is manufacturing occurring in other

February 4th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Industry committee  Thank you, Madam Chair. I have a couple of comments. When the contracts were put in place with the seven different manufacturers, again, this was during last summer, at a time when nobody was certain which vaccines would actually make it across the line. We have two that have ma

February 4th, 2021Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I think that question is probably best suited for Shared Services Canada and maybe some others. In terms of our role at PSPC, when there is a desire to upgrade or refresh or replace a system, obviously we would be involved in the procurement. If there is a competitive process, wh

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews

Government Operations committee  I'll lean on my chief financial officer in a moment, but as we said earlier, it's not fair to do a straight comparison between the two. Last year's main estimates had a special budget implementation vote that went along with it, so the difference isn't quite that stark. Wojciech

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Bill Matthews