Ontario asks Biden for a million vaccines amid shortage

By Canadian Press	
	 		COVID-19 vaccines Canadians torn between helping the world and helping themselves

"This week as our shipment was being prepared, there was minimal impact and in fact, we're receiving 82 per cent of what we had originally planned on receiving", Fortin said.

"Hopefully this is a one-time interruption".

However, only 34,531 tests were completed in the last day.

The inoculation program in private seniors' homes is still expected to take place on the week of January 25, but at a slower pace, with 21,000 doses expected to be administered by February 8. Health Minister Adrian Dix said his province is considering whether to adjust the dosing schedule. B.C. "Every single one of those doses is directed to a vulnerable person or someone working with vulnerable people. and every one of them is important".

There are 4,326 active cases in the province with 343 people being treated in hospital, including 68 in intensive care.

The city said the closure follows a federal government announcement on Tuesday that there are COVID-19 vaccine supply shortages in Canada.

Canada's doses of the Pfizer-BioTech vaccine are coming from a factory in Belgium that is being upgraded to ramp up production in the coming months.

Ford says he would be camped outside and on the head of the company "like a blanket".

There's no "back door" source for vaccines, he said.

His comments come less than a week after the province was plunged into its second state of emergency during the pandemic and Premier Doug Ford's government imposed a stay-at-home order.

Pfizer-BioNTech, which manufactures one of the two Health Canada-approved vaccines, announced last week that it was temporarily delaying worldwide shipments of the shots while it upgraded production facilities in Europe.

Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that they are investing $1 million from the Ontario Together Fund to help Peterborough-based company, Merit Precision, manufacture bottles for hand sanitizers and disinfectants.

Pilot projects in the Vancouver Coastal Health region show that it's very challenging to do rapid tests a couple of times a week, Dix said.

"We don't actually have a closet full of hidden vaccines", she said. "All I can tell you is all of our medical health officers. are unbelievably committed to long-term care".



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