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As provinces and territories begin their COVID-19 immunization programs, Postmedia tracks each administered dose using data from the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group.
The federal government, whose role is to authorize and purchase vaccines and then deliver them to the provinces, plans to make the vaccines available to all Canadians this year. For now, priority will go to high-risk populations.
Health Canada has currently received vaccine authorizations from four companies, two of which – the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines – have already been approved and are being used to vaccinate Canadians at this time.
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses, several weeks apart, for total efficacy, which the two companies say is 95%. Most of the early vaccines went to frontline medical workers and residents of nursing homes.
However, getting vaccines into the arms of as many people as possible as quickly as possible presents enormous logistical challenges, and the launch of vaccine deployment has been slower than many had hoped. Despite receiving the first round of vaccines in mid-December, vaccination rates in Canada are lower than those in many countries, including the United States.