Global National: Feb. 28, 2021 | Canada faces scrutiny over COVID-19 vaccine rollout

On tonight’s top story: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing even more scrutiny after he appeared on a U.S. political talk show and conceded that Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been slow. Case numbers in some parts of the country continue to rise and despite more doses on the way, questions linger over the government’s vaccination timeline. Sean O’Shea reports.

As Israel keeps up its fast-paced vaccine campaign, the country is now rolling out certificates for people who have been vaccinated, allowing them to go to restaurants or even concerts. Redmond Shannon looks at the pros and cons, and whether the concept could catch on in Canada.

After a new intelligence report found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. President Joe Biden is planning a major announcement regarding Saudi Arabia on Monday. As Jennifer Johnson reports, taking action against the kingdom could be tricky for both the U.S. and Canada.

An organization representing 34 First Nations in Manitoba is calling for an inquiry into how the federal government reviews major infrastructure projects. As Krista Hessey reports, the push follows a joint investigation with Global News that took a deep dive into unsafe drinking water, and how outdated policies have forced many First Nations to cope on their own.

The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the business of booze, as more Canadians turn to alcohol to cope with rising levels of depression, loneliness and anxiety. As Katelyn Wilson reports, the pandemic has fuelled an increase in alcohol abuse.

Millions of Canadians have received financial benefits since last year because of the ongoing pandemic. As Mike Le Couteur explains, COVID-19 has made tax season more complicated than ever before.

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