“I don’t know where she got her figures”: Federal government questions deployment of COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario

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TORONTO – Hours after Ontario’s health minister announced the province expects to receive more than two million COVID-19 vaccines in the coming months, the federal government says it doesn’t know where do these numbers come from? Liberal MP and Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Health Darren Fisher revealed the apparent disconnect between the federal government and the provincial government during an interview with Evan Solomon on CTV’s Power Play on Wednesday.

“I don’t know where she got her numbers from,” he says. “I don’t know what the provinces have for the possible numbers that could come up under the contract that will result in a successful vaccine approved by Health Canada.

News of Christine Elliott’s announcement made its way into Question Period in Ottawa and MPs urged Health Minister Patty Hajdu to confirm details of the deployment, which she could not do.

“On the distribution side, we’ll be working with the provinces and territories, as we’ve done with other things like personal protective equipment, rapid testing, a ratio or a sharing approach that will work. to ensure that all Canadians have access to viable and safe vaccines, ”she said.

According to Elliott, the Ontario government expects to receive some 1.6 million doses of Pfizer vaccine and 800,000 doses of Moderna vaccine between January and March 2021.

The Government of Canada has already signed agreements with Pfizer for a minimum of 20 million doses of its vaccine candidate and 56 million doses of Moderna, none of which have been approved by Health Canada.

Pfizer said on Wednesday that its Phase 3 vaccine trial was found to be 95% effective, with officials saying they plan to seek emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration. United in the coming days.

Likewise, Moderna said preliminary analysis suggested his vaccine was 94.5% effective and that it was approaching a time when it could be submitted to the USFDA for emergency use authorization.

Recipients of either vaccine will need to take two doses 21 days apart, so the initial shipments are likely to be enough to protect about 1.2 million Ontarians.

In a statement to CTV News Toronto, a spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Health said Elliott’s comments were based on “early conversations with the federal government and the use of a per capita model “.

“While a vaccine is still months away, there is light at the end of the tunnel,” the spokesperson said in an email.

With files from Chris Fox of CP24.

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