Trudeau pledges $850 million to global pandemic fight

Elias Hubbard
May 6, 2020

Part of the money, Trudeau said, will compensate farmers raising beef cattle or hogs who have had to keep their animals longer than planned due to reduced processing capacity. The $50-million program will buy surplus products like milk from farmers who saw a substantial portion of their market dry up when hotels and restaurants closed at the start of the pandemic.

The government will provide processing plants with $77-million to purchase more personal protective equipment, adapt to health protocols, and expand or adapt their processing capacity.

The goal of the EU-initiated "Coronavirus Global Response" is to raise more than $8 billion for medical research, and the Canadian government has so far committed $604 million toward vaccine development and finding treatments for the disease, reports Xinhua news agency.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosts a media conference on May 3 at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa. "This is an initial investment and if we need to add more, we will".

Trudeau said the government would be targeting food specifically at risk of going to waste, such as potatoes or poultry.

It will also aim to strengthen online virtual care to help stop the spread of the virus, which has officially infected almost 60,000 people and resulted in more than 3,750 deaths in Canada.

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has been warning that a financial boost is urgently needed to protect against food shortages in Canada.

He also said he knows Canadians may be feeling overwhelmed so the government is investing over $240 million to bring healthcare online.

"We had hoped certainly to see something much more significant", said Robinson. Mother Nature waits for no one.

"It should be noted that this figure was representative to the losses as of last week and losses and additional costs will continue to mount as farmers deal with the impacts of COVID-19, highlighting the continued importance of enhancing AgriStability support". The pandemic has battered the Chatham-Kent greenhouse after 51 workers tested positive for COVID-19.

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