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Toronto Mayor John Tory speaks to Pfizer about improving COVID-19 vaccine production

An illustrative image of medical syringes seen in front of Pfizer logo displayed on a screen. On Monday, December 28, 2020, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Toronto’s mayor says he has spoken to Pfizer-Biotech executives to urge them to produce more COVID-19 vaccine.

Mayor John Tory says wanted to make Canada’s case after the company said it could not fulfil next week’s order from the federal government.

Tory follows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, among others, in urging the manufacturer to up production.

Tory says he initiated the conversation in consultation with Ottawa.

The city has had to shut down its two vaccination programs until the federal government provides more doses.

Dr. Eileen De Villa, Toronto’s chief medical officer, says there are 986 new cases of COVID-19 in the city and 10 more deaths.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2021.