Alberta government blocking federal COVID Alert app, Trudeau says

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The Jason Kenney government is blocking the federal COVID Alert app from being used in Alberta, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged in an Edmonton radio interview Friday.

“(The app) will be a lot more useful when the province decides to give people the ability to plug in the codes,” Trudeau said in an interview with 630 CHED.

“That’s all that’s missing, and we really hope that people will take on every tool we possibly can to fight COVID-19.”

The comments come three months after the federal government launched the COVID Alert app.

Though some provinces took longer than others to sign on, the app now works in all provinces except for Alberta and British Columbia.

Alberta released its own app called ABTraceTogether in the spring but it faced concerns over functionality and privacy.

The province has said the delay in signing on to the federal app stems from ensuring the 247,000 accounts created on the provincial app can be “transitioned” to the federal one.

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