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Chief coroner, former police chief, appointed to Ontario's COVID vaccine panel

The panel, headed by retired chief of national defence staff Gen. Rick Hillier, will oversee distribution of the vaccine when available.
Dirk Huyer
Ontario Chief Coroner Dr. Dirk Huyer speaks with reporters following a speech to the Nishnawbe Aski Nation chiefs-in-assembly on Thursday, February 1, 2018. (Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com)

TORONTO — The Ontario government has appointed nine people to its new COVID-19 vaccine panel, including the province's top coroner.

The panel, headed by retired chief of national defence staff Gen. Rick Hillier, will oversee distribution of the vaccine when available.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says it will up to the panel to ensure effective and ethical delivery of a vaccine.

Key tasks include delivery, logistics and administration, clinical guidance as well as public education and outreach.

Dr. Dirk Huyer, chief coroner is on the panel.

Others include Toronto's former police chief Mark Saunders, and Linda Hasenfratz, head of car parts giant Linamar.

 This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 4, 2020. 

The Canadian Press