Ottawa has reached an agreement with Pfizer for the pharmaceutical company to speed up the sending of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine with 20 million additional doses.
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“By mid-spring – between April and June – we will have enough doses to vaccinate up to 20 million people,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday at a press briefing outside his Rideau Cottage residence. .
Taking into account new developments, the agreements with Pfizer and Moderna alone provide 80 million doses in 2021.
Despite the acceleration announced on Tuesday, Ottawa is staying on course on its September target for all people who want to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We are confident of being able to get there, but it is certain that we are working to accelerate this deadline,” said Mr. Trudeau.
“Of course, the sooner the greater number of people are vaccinated, the faster we will be able to start resuming [une] life a little more normal, ”he added.
The original deal with Pfizer provided for 20 million doses with an option to obtain an additional 56 million doses.
The border with the United States closed until February 21
The closure of the Canada-U.S. Border to non-essential travel is extended at least until February 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.
As a reminder, the border between Canada and the United States was closed by decree on March 21 because of the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Since then, this closure has been renewed several times by a joint decision of the two countries.
Since March, it is no longer possible, with rare exceptions, to travel between the two countries. The Canada-US border remains open in particular for the transport of goods.
Canada is trying to protect itself, because the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the United States particularly hard.
– With the QMI Agency