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Interior minister John Gerretsen asks scientists and experts to help with mass vaccination programme
The Toronto city council has called in the world’s most powerful superhero, Captain Marvel, and his allies to help save thousands of lives from an airborne virus.
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is among scientists and health officials being called in to help educate residents on the deadly, airborne virus COVID-19, which can be passed through contact with infected dust.
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Toronto’s housing and urban development minister, John Gerretsen, announced on Saturday that residents could use local heroes including Captain Marvel and her Kree Cheetah during the city’s plan to inoculate residents between the ages of six months and five years.
A countdown clock on the city’s website adds that “the world is watching” as parents and guardians can register before 1 January.
Tories Commissioner Ed Holder warned that COVID-19 will come with problems and that residents could become alarmed at the slight risk of infection.
But he said public health officials felt they had to make the vaccine available to provide emergency care “as soon as possible”.
The respiratory disease is new to Toronto but spread this year after it originated in a dust storm that hit the city’s northeastern suburbs in July.
About 600 cases have been reported, but city health authorities believe the number could be as high as 10,000 since 2015.
So far the majority of cases have occurred in children under five years old.