Canadian PM Trudeau Receives First Dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 Vaccine

April 23, 2021 03:27 PM
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received his first dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine at an Ottawa pharmacy, Friday, April 23. 

Afterwards he posed for television cameras and photographers with his thumbs up and then watched as his wife Sophie received her first shot. 

Sophie came down with a mild case of the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic last year. 

Canada has so far recorded a total of 23,822 deaths and 1,155,834 cases of COVID-19. Earlier Friday, Trudeau announced a deal with Pfizer for millions of booster shots. 

The number of daily cases in Canada has doubled this month to 8,600, and health officials earlier said they could jump again to more than 15,000 by the end of April unless stricter measures were taken as new coronavirus variants spread.