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More provinces join call for vaccines from states, Manitoba premier says

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says all provinces are on board with a call to get more COVID-19 vaccines directly from states south of the border.

Pallister says the premiers asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a conference call yesterday to push United States President Joe Biden to let states ship vaccines directly to provinces.

The U.S. has sent vaccines to Canada on a country-to-country basis, and Pallister says the prime minister was noncommittal on the call to let provinces deal directly with states.

The idea was first raised earlier this month by premiers and governors in Eastern Canada and the U.S. as a way to ensure excess doses south of the border can get used in Canada.

Pallister is also planning to announce incentives next week to encourage more Manitobans to get vaccinated.

The province has floated several possibilities in an online survey, including grocery vouchers, free admission to sporting events, and financial incentives of up to $100.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 28, 2021

The Canadian Press