Canada Approves Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine | Society

Image of a test of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, December 8.JOHN MANIACI / UW HEALTH / Reuters

The Canadian Ministry of Health has approved this Wednesday the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer in conjunction with BioNTech. The decision of the health authorities gives the green light to launch the vaccination plan throughout the country. The first authorization in Canada of this type of immunization has been given under a new rapid evaluation system, similar to that of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), developed to quickly tackle the covid-19 pandemic.

“Canadians can be sure that the review process was rigorous and we have effective control systems in place,” says the Health Ministry in a statement. The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had announced on Monday that vaccination could begin a few days after official authorization. The country expects to receive around 249,000 doses of that vaccine with an efficiency of 95%.

The first days of vaccination will take place “a day or two after” the arrival of the doses, according to General Dany Fortin, in charge of coordinating the distribution of vaccines to the 14 centers in Canada. The UK was the first country to license the product from Pfizer and BioNTech and a massive vaccination campaign began on Tuesday, directed at the moment to health personnel and the elderly.

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