Canada will receive 2.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week – .

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Canada will receive 2.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week – .


OTTAWA – The federal government expects to receive more than 2.3 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week, as public health officials prepare for a potential fourth wave of infections.

Ottawa has already received more than 66 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, enough to fully immunize all eligible Canadians.

As of Tuesday, the federal government had 6.7 million COVID-19 vaccines in its national supply, an amount that provinces and territories can draw on if they need more doses.

The new COVID-19 vaccine shipments come as Canada’s top doctor warns the country could be heading for a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases if public health restrictions are lifted before vaccination rates resume.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Dr Theresa Tam said updated national modeling of the pandemic trajectory suggests that the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 could lead to a fourth wave of infections.

“The trajectory will depend on the continued increase in full immunization coverage and the timing, pace and extent of reopening,” Tam said.

“While some resurgence is expected as measures are relaxed, this updated model shows that if we maintain current levels of community-wide contact, we would expect a modest increase in cases. “

Tam said the country could see a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections if the reopening continues quickly before enough people are fully immunized.

“We might expect to see a strong resurgence by the end of the summer,” she said.

She said the new forecast “reaffirms the need for a cautious approach to relax public health measures in order to remain vigilant and responsive to signs of resurgence and to continue to increase first and second dose immunization coverage.”

Canada has reported an average of 640 new cases over the past seven days, she said, which is still 93% below the peak in wave three.

As of Friday, 80.3% of those eligible had received a first dose, while 63.7% are now fully vaccinated.

Tam said the country had made “great strides” in vaccinating eligible people over the past month, but there is a need to further increase the number of those vaccinated.

“This means increasing complete immunization coverage above 80% in all age groups and especially in younger age groups where most transmission occurs. “

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 2, 2021.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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