Canada will receive fewer doses than expected next week of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.
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78% of the delivery will arrive, that is to say 180,000 doses.
It was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who announced this new reduction on Friday in front of his residence in Rideau Cottage.
“This temporary delay does not change the fact that we will receive two million doses of Moderna’s vaccine by the end of March, as we have been saying for months,” he insisted.
He added that according to the information provided by the pharmaceutical company, everything should be back to normal with the next delivery of Moderna.
However, this delay is in addition to several other bad news previously announced.
Canada receives approximately 70% fewer doses of Pfizer’s vaccine than originally planned for four weeks. This decrease was to be 50%, but Major General Dany Fortin, responsible for the logistics of vaccination for the federal government, admitted Thursday that it was finally heavier.
This week – the second of four – no dose arrives on Canadian soil. Then only 79,000 doses of Pfizer will arrive during the first week of February and 70,000 during the second. That’s a tiny fraction of the 367,000 who were due to arrive on a weekly basis during that month.
To recover from the slowdown, Canada is counting on a “significant” increase in deliveries, expected from mid-February.
A third vaccine against COVID-19 could also soon be approved in Canada, that of AstraZeneca. Health Canada said on Friday that it expects to render its decision in the coming days. The European Union approved the use of this vaccine on Friday.
Taking into account the two vaccines already approved in Canada – those from Pfizer and Moderna – Ottawa expects to have received a total of six million doses by the end of March.
The goal is that all Canadians who wish to be inoculated can have received at least one dose by September.