Canada to purchase additional 20 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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Operation Warp Speed officials have said they believe that the shot could receive emergency clearance from US regulators as soon as the middle of next month. "But it will be in a ramp-up throughout the year", Stoffels said. "MRNA can completely disrupt the flu market, because it can do things in weeks instead of months", said Bourla, adding that the company had already been working on a flu application for nearly three years.

The vaccine comes with a "Made in Switzerland" label, as contract drug manufacturer Lonza makes its active ingredients at its factories in Visp, near the Matterhorn mountain.

What's more, a potentially new infectious strain has been identified in OH - one that mutated in the U.S.

So far, rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines in the USA has been slow, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's tracking dashboard.

There had been 387,899 vaccinations given in Canada as of end-of-day Tuesday, according to data compiled by CTV News.

What's more, the government has only secure enough doses to vaccinate 200 million adults - 60 million short of those eligible - by June, The Times reports.

Ontario is expected to receive more than 1 million doses while Manitoba will get more than 101,000 doses. Slaoui had earlier said that he would remain as a consultant to the program. If it is a single dose, that means 1 billion people.

J&J had to transfer manufacturing from a plant in the Netherlands to Baltimore, he added.


It's too early to discuss the specifics of J&J's vaccine supply, spokesman Jake Sargent said. "My motivation was to draw attention to the fact that we bring important factors to the table as well - and those factors are modifiable", said Annelise Madison, first author of the paper and a graduate student in clinical psychology at Ohio State.

In a statement, J&J said it believed it would be able to deliver as many doses as promised.

Compared to other provinces, B.C. had administered the highest percentage of vaccines received, according to the most recent data available.

As of January 7, there have been 548,950 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines distributed in Canada.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there are also logistical reasons for the difference.

"There's no predictability right now", she said.

"Asda has also offered NHS England the full use of its 238 in-store pharmacies and qualified pharmacists to support the rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine programme which has just begun". Health systems have been navigating relatively complex two-shot campaigns for vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna.

The announcement by Trudeau came as the expert committee that advises federal health officials released new recommendations on Tuesday, saying it is safe to extend the interval between the first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines up to six weeks.

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