Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin is stepping aside from his role as the head of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout amid a military investigation into him.
Details are unclear at this time but the military announced the news in a statement late Friday evening.
“Today, Major-General Dany Fortin has left his assignment with the Public Health Agency of Canada, pending the results of a military investigation,” said a spokesperson for the Department of National Defence in a statement.
“Acting Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Eyre will be reviewing next steps with Major-General Fortin. We will have no further comment.”
The Canadian military is grappling with what experts call an institutional crisis amid investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct made against multiple current and former senior leaders.
It is not known whether the investigation into Fortin is related to similar allegations.
Fortin was named as vice president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada in November 2020 and tasked with overseeing logistical planning for the vaccine rollout.
More to come.
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