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Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, told the Conference of Defence Associations Institute gathering on March 4 that Canada’s military personnel was in ‘pre-pandemic’ planning mode in response to the coronavirus. Photograph courtesy of Twitter

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The first line of defence should be our last resort for the coronavirus

OTTAWA—On March 4, Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance told the audience at the Conference of Defence Association’s annual forum that the Canadian Armed Forces are in the “pre-pandemic” planning mode in response to the global spread of the COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

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