Moderna to speed up vaccine deliveries to Canada

Moderna will speed up deliveries to Canada in March, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in the House of Commons.

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The pharmaceutical will deliver 460,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine during the week of March 8, then 840,000 during the week of March 22.

It will exceed its commitment to deliver 2 million doses before the end of the first quarter, March 31, said Justin Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau added that Pfizer will deliver 1.5 million doses by early April.

In light of the increase in deliveries, the government reiterates that all Canadians who so wish will be able to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of September.

Still too slow

But for the Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole, 300,000 Canadians need to be inoculated every day for such a goal to be achieved, which is still impossible given the timetable. delivery of pharmaceuticals.

The conservative opposition points out that Canada is the worst country in the G7 for coronavirus vaccination rates.

For its part, Moderna said Wednesday an additional investment to increase its global production capacity.

“The baseline plan for 2021 has been increased to 700 million doses and the company is working to deliver up to 1 billion doses in 2021,” the pharmaceutical wrote.

The pharmaceutical has also announced that it has developed a second vaccine against the South African variant of COVID-19. It has just requested authorization from the United States to test its vaccine candidate on volunteers in order to verify its effectiveness.

The pharmaceutical stresses, however, that its vaccine being distributed “has a neutralizing activity against the variants of concern”, according to the initial data.

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