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Former NATO mission head to lead Canada’s coronavirus vaccine rollout

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that Canada would be setting up a “national operations centre” with the support of the Canadian Armed Forces “to coordinate logistics and distribution” of COVID-19 vaccines, and named Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin to head the logistics and operations arm of the centre – Nov 27, 2020

A Canadian general who commanded NATO troops in Iraq has been tapped to lead the rollout of an eventual COVID-19 vaccine across the country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin to lead the Canadian military’s role in coordinating logistics.

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Fortin most recently served as the chief of staff for the Canadian Joint Operations Command.

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But he was also commander of the NATO military training mission in Iraq from November 2018 until last fall.

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Coronavirus: Trudeau says majority of Canadians could be vaccinated by next September – Nov 27, 2020

Fortin led the alliance’s training efforts aimed at professionalizing Iraq’s military in a time of massive internal unrest and the ever-present threat of retreating but still-plotting Islamic State militants.

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The announcement follows days of criticism of the Trudeau government’s vaccination strategy and uncertainty about when Canadians might have access to an eventual vaccine.