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Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie to lead Canada's COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Last Updated May 17, 2021 at 8:59 pm MDT

Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie CREDIT: Canada.ca

OTTAWA — The Public Health Agency of Canada announced Monday, Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie will lead Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination program effective immediately after Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin was forced to step aside due to a military investigation.

Not new to the vaccine campaign, public health says she has played a pivotal role in the vaccine deployment so far, as part of her initial deployment to the agency in November, 2020.

She returned to her regular duties with the armed forces in February, but in her return, the agency says it will allow for a seamless transition.

Earlier, Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough, who also sits on the federal cabinet COVID committee says a change at the top will not disrupt any vaccine deliveries.

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“I have every confidence that Canadians will not feel any impact,” Qualtrough said.

Following the surprise departure of Fortin on Friday, the government has not commented on the nature of the allegations against the Maj.-Gen., however, other reports suggest it is over an allegation of sexual misconduct whilst Fortin was a student at the Royal Military College in 1989.

Fortin has denied all wrongdoing.