Canada has transmitted 16 million doses of Moderna coronavirus vaccine due to schedule: Minister – National

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Canada opted to acquire an additional 16 million doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine because they would not be delivered until after the government hopes the entire population will be vaccinated.
“If the Government of Canada exercised the option of acquiring the 16 million doses beyond our current purchase of 40 million doses of Moderna vaccine, those 16 million would not have arrived until the end of 2021,” said the office of Minister of Purchasing Anita Anand an email statement.

“Therefore, they would not have contributed to Canada’s goal of vaccinating all Canadians who choose to be vaccinated by the end of September 2021.”

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Moderna confirmed the news, saying she “could not commit to providing more doses before the self-imposed deadline by the Canadian government for the full vaccination of September 2021.

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However, according to Supply Canada, the country “retains the ability to negotiate additional doses if it chooses to do so.”

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To date, Canada has obtained 60 million doses of the two approved coronavirus vaccines – enough to immunize 30 million Canadians.








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The two vaccines, one from Pfizer-BioNTech and the other from Moderna, each require two doses to achieve 95% efficacy against the virus.

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Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the country was “on track” to deliver around 1.3 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by the end of the month .

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“The quantities of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will increase in February,” he said. “Remember, Canada has the highest number of safe vaccines per capita in the world, which means by September we will have enough vaccines for every Canadian who wants one.


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On Monday, the federal government released its vaccine delivery list, which includes scheduled shipment dates that describe exactly how many doses of each vaccine provinces and territories can schedule, and when.

According to Health Canada, a total of 548,950 doses of the two approved vaccines have been distributed across the country.

– With files from Mike Le Couteur and Rachel Gilmore of Global News

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