Canada to receive 3.3 million doses of coronavirus vaccine this week

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Canada to receive 3.3 million doses of coronavirus vaccine this week


OTTAWA – Canada is expected to receive a flood of new doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, with around 3.3 million vaccines due to be delivered by different pharmaceutical companies over the next few days.

The expected influx would mark the largest week of deliveries in Canada since the start of the pandemic, thanks to planned shipments from three different sources.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said Pfizer and BioNTech are expected to ship nearly 1.2 million doses this week, as the two companies continue to pump injections at a rapid rate.

The federal government is also expecting around 1.5 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the United States on Tuesday, which will arrive by truck and be the first to arrive south of the border.

To date, Canada’s vaccines have all come from Europe, with the exception of 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca from India earlier this month.

The government has also said Moderna will keep its promise to deliver 600,000 shots next Thursday, about a week later than expected.

Moderna was believed to have shipped around 846,000 snapshots to Canada last week, but only a fraction have been delivered due to what the company and the government have described as a backlog in its quality assurance testing.

The expected flood of new vaccine doses comes as the federal government reported that Canada received more than six million doses last week, several days earlier than expected.

Of these, more than five million had been administered by Sunday afternoon, according to covid19tracker.ca. Over 11% of the population has now received at least one dose.

The vaccination campaign continues amid growing concerns over a deadly third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as variants of the virus continue to spread in different parts of the country.

The federal government is also watching the European Union and India review restrictions on the export of vaccines produced within their borders.

“We are closely monitoring the global environment, including export restrictions in a number of jurisdictions,” Procurement Minister Anita Anand said on Friday.

“Our officials from many departments as well as our suppliers are working in advance to ensure that Canada’s vaccines continue to arrive in our country.

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