Alexander De Croo and Justin Trudeau visiting Pfizer in Puurs
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Pfizer's production site in Puurs. No fewer than 10 million doses were sent to Canada from Puurs.
Just as in our country, the Pfizer vaccine forms the backbone of the Canada's vaccination campaign. The majority of Canadians have already received their first injection with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The majority of those vaccines were also produced in our country. The visit is yet another recognition of the important role that Belgium plays in international vaccine production and in defeating the coronavirus. Currently, more than 60 per cent of the Canadian population has received at least one shot, 70 per cent if you count from the age of 12.
Belgium's crucial role
Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister: "Belgium plays a crucial role in international vaccine production and in defeating the coronavirus. This is thanks to the innovation, knowledge and expertise of many people in our country."
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister Canada: "It is a real pleasure to visit the Puurs site. This plant and Belgium have done so much to get us through this crisis. Canada is grateful for your leadership."
Belgium-Canada trade relations
The two Prime Ministers also discussed Belgian-Canadian trade relations in a bilateral meeting.
Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister: "The conclusion of the CETA treaty in 2017 was very interesting for both our countries. Since then, trade has increased by 30 percent, especially between SMEs."