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Hello <<First Name>>, 

Today marks the 100th day since the first confirmed case of COVID-19. As I look back, I'm amazed at how quickly the time has passed, and how drastically our lives have been altered in such a brief period of time. It is a disruptive time that I am eager to see come to end, but for those who have lost love ones, the lingering pain of this pandemic will last long past the recovery. I know that this is a difficult time, but I want you to know that I am hopeful about what the next 100 days will bring.

This is not to suggest that we can ease up, and look past the challenges that are in front of us. I am continuing to follow public health advice calling for social distancing. Rigorous hand washing continues to be the new normal for me, as it should be for anyone hoping to protect themselves, their family, and the broader community. As long as we remain vigilant, and do the hard work necessary, we will get past this together.

From a medical perspective, there is one thing we know for certain. Physical distancing has helped to stop the spread. But more medical research is needed to determine any possible treatments and vaccines. We heard promising news last week about a possible treatment in the form of Remdesivir. We've also seen global efforts to create a vaccine reach the clinical trial stage. Most medical experts are expressing caution at the idea that a vaccine will be ready prior to the end of 2020, but I remain hopeful that the scale of the effort will result in a breakthrough. The Prime Minister announced Canada's participation in the "Coronovirus Global Response". An $8 Billion global effort to develop diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines that will save lives. Read more about this in the press release below.


As always, my office is here to help. Please call at 416-243-7984, or email us at fhassan-co@ndp.on.ca.

Take care, stay home, and wash your hands.

Best Regards,



Faisal Hassan
Member of Provincial Parliament
York South—Weston
 
Each level of government has useful information to support you during this crisis. For more information, visit the resources below:
News Release 
 

Canada and international partners launch the Coronavirus Global Response

 

COVID-19 is a global pandemic, spread by a virus that knows no borders. No country will be able to fully recover until we beat it all around the world. We must work together, and Canada is contributing to this fight. Canadian and international researchers are racing to develop diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines that will save lives, protect the health and safety of people everywhere, and lay the groundwork for a sustainable worldwide economic recovery.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today joined other global leaders to launch the Coronavirus Global Response. This online pledging event aims to initially raise more than $8 billion (USD) to help researchers and innovators develop solutions to test, treat, and protect people, and to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

The Prime Minister highlighted that, to date, the Government of Canada has announced investments of over $850 million (CAD) that support this fundraising target. This includes funding to:

 

  • mobilize Canadian researchers’ and life sciences companies’ coronavirus research and development of medical countermeasures;
  • support accelerated vaccine development, including through the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and other partners;
  • find a safe and effective treatment for COVID-19 through the World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Trial;
  • coordinate a COVID-19 viral and host genome sequencing effort across Canada;
  • help provide COVID-19 diagnostic support to more than 20 partner countries; and
  • create strategies to tackle misinformation, stigma, and fear.

In today’s interconnected world, the global health system relies on the strength of all regions to ensure a sustainable global recovery. That is why the government is providing funding to support some of the world’s most vulnerable populations, and working with international partners as they coordinate and prioritize response efforts in vulnerable countries. We are aiming to maximize global benefits from these investments, and we are committed to helping to ensure that once a vaccine is developed, it will be produced at a scale and cost accessible to all countries.

The Government of Canada is committed to a robust global effort to stop COVID-19 and address its devastating health, social, and economic impacts on people across the world. We will work together with our partners to end this pandemic and to build a safe and prosperous future for everyone.

Quotes

“None of us is immune to the effects of COVID-19, and none of us can beat the virus alone. Only by protecting each other can we protect ourselves. Canada is ready to help lead a coordinated global response which will contribute to overcoming the pandemic. Together, we will win.”
The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“COVID-19 is a threat that does not recognize borders and will only be overcome through coordinated global action. We need to continue working together as partners to make a future treatment or vaccine available, accessible and affordable to all. If ever there was a time to realize we’re all in this together, it is now.”
The Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of International Development

Quick Facts

 

  • The Coronavirus Global Response initiative is an international online pledging event co-hosted by Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Spain, Norway, the United Kingdom, Japan, Saudi Arabia as the current G20 presidency, and Italy as the future G20 presidency. 
  • The initiative seeks to:
    • kick-start an unprecedented global cooperation between scientists and regulators, industry and governments, international organizations, foundations, and health care professionals;
    • raise more than $8 billion (USD) by the end of the pledging period to support the development of rapid coronavirus diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines; and
    • work with the World Health Organization to coordinate and prioritize efforts to vulnerable countries.
  • The funds collected will be channelled into three principal strands: diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines. Funds may also be used to strengthen health systems.
Community News: 

Comal y Canela continues its amazing community work, serving local residents during COVID-19 with a weekly pantry. They've launched a fundraising effort to continue the effort. Donate HERE, and read more about their work in this article.

The Community Place Hub is hosting virtual sewing repair hubs from Tuesday to Thursday for the next 2 weeks. Sessions run from 10:00am to 11:00am. Take part via Facebook Live. For a full list of upcoming classes, click HERE.
No library card? No problem!. The Toronto Public Library has announced the launch of an Instant Digital Card, which gives Torontonians who do not already have a library card, free, temporary access to it's collection of ebooks and audiobooks. Find out more HERE.
The York West Active Living Centre continues to provide virtual programming to serve our community. Click HERE for the latest schedule of programs.

The TTC and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 provides vital support to our community. I'm proud to stand in support of their efforts at emergency municipal funding. Please read my letter to our councillor HERE.
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