Canada’s first batch of coronavirus vaccine has arrived, says Trudeau – National


Canada’s first batch of doses of the coronavirus vaccine has now arrived in the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

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The Prime Minister announced the arrival of Canada’s first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in an Instagram post, alongside a photo of a plane and two officers from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

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“The first batch of doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Canada,” part of Trudeau’s article read.

” It’s good news. But our fight against COVID-19 is not over. More than ever, let us remain vigilant.

A tweet from Canada’s Supply Minister Anita Anand also praised the first shipment of doses on Sunday evening.

According to Anand, the expedition marks the first of 30,000 initial doses the country expects to receive between Sunday evening and Monday.

These vaccines will then be sent to 14 distribution sites in the provinces of the country. There are no sites in the territories, however, due to what health officials cite as a distribution challenge to store the vaccine which requires a constant storage temperature of -70 ° C.

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Several provinces have already presented plans on how and to whom to distribute the vaccine since it was approved by Health Canada on Wednesday. Most prepared to give their first doses to residents of long-term care homes or frontline healthcare workers, with Quebec due to be the first to vaccinate on Monday.

Speaking at a press conference last week, Trudeau said up to 249,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine would be in Canada by the end of the year. In total, the federal government said it has obtained more than 400 million doses of coronavirus vaccines from several companies, some of which have trials that are still ongoing.

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The next major shipment is expected to be the 40 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, of which two million are expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2021.

The vaccine’s arrival comes amid 5,891 other cases and 81 deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday. To date, Canada has recorded a total of 460,373 COVID-19 infections and a death toll of 13,431.

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Newly identified cases, deaths and hospitalizations have increased in recent months as the country experiences its second wave of the pandemic. Health officials have since urged Canadians to reduce their contact and stay indoors before the holiday season to curb the spread of the virus.

– With files from the Canadian Press

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