Canada

First AstraZeneca doses on their way, will be part of nearly 945K doses delivered this week: Anand

News Today || Canada News |

OTTAWA —
The first tranche of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines is on its way to Canada and is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, as part of the 944,600 vaccine doses arriving this week, Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Tuesday.

A total of 500,000 AstraZeneca shots are in transit to Canada from the Serum Institute of India and Verity Pharmaceuticals, as part of a deal for two million doses. As well, the weekly delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine contains 444,600 doses.

“This week, we are on track to see approximately 945,000 doses of vaccines arriving in Canada,” said Anand. “Thus, almost a million doses will be delivered into this country this week alone, and next week we are set to receive more than 900,000 doses of vaccines,” she said.

With the addition of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Canada’s list of authorized vaccines, the federal government has said that shipment sizes are set to continue to increase. This aligns with the plans to begin immunizing more people, and could lead to an acceleration of the timeline of having at least 14.5 million Canadians fully vaccinated by the end of June.

Ads

“As our government ramps up the delivery of vaccines to provinces this week, we know that more Canadians will be offered the opportunity to receive their vaccine, and we encourage everyone who’s offered this opportunity to accept,” said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, adding that all who are vaccinated will need to continue to follow their local public health guidance.

RELATED:  BC sees highest new daily COVID-19 cases in weeks

NEW DETAILS ON COMING SHIPMENTS

Next week’s shipments will come from Pfizer and Moderna, as those firms work to meet their commitment to ship a combined total of six million doses by the end of March.

“We anticipate receiving over two million doses spread over the five weeks of March, with equal amounts each week,” said Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin on Tuesday.

The balance of 1.5 million AstraZeneca doses coming to Canada through the Serum Institute will come over April and May, likely overlapping with the beginning of deliveries of the 20 million AstraZeneca doses Canada has secured through an agreement with AstraZeneca for shots developed in partnership with Oxford University and coming from the U.S. Health Canada’s approval authorized shots to come from both manufacturers.

While Pfizer’s shipments will continue to come to Canada weekly, Moderna will be moving from delivering doses every three weeks to sending new shipments every two weeks.

Fortin said that in the first two weeks of April, Pfizer is expected to send around 769,000 doses per week.

In light of the latest figures being confirmed, the federal government is in talks with the provinces and territories about the per capita allocations of these shipments.

“We will continue to lead the planning effort to ensure that the processes for delivering, storage, handling, and immunization clinics and the provinces and territories can keep pace with increasing shipment sizes of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines,” Fortin said.

RELATED:  Long-term care a 'godsend' for Lisa Raitt and other families facing Alzheimer's violence

More coming.

Latest Canadian News Today & Breaking Headlines – Check More

Today News || News Now || World News || US Headlines || Health || Technology News || Education News

Source

Tags
Show More

Related Articles

Back to top button
Close