As the focus shifts to the second dose, Canada gets more Pfizer injections
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the government will purchase 3 million more vaccines from Pfizer than originally planned to ensure access to more products, which have become the mainstay of Canada’s immunization campaign.
Trudeau said that the 48 million doses of Pfizer currently ordered by Canada will be delivered by August. Officials initially expected Canada’s full quota to arrive sometime between July and September.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recently revised its guidelines to allow some AstraZeneca vaccine recipients to choose a second dose of Pfizer products. To meet the growing demand for Pfizer products, the federal government has ordered another 3 million doses, which will arrive in September.
This means that Canada is expected to receive 51 million doses of Pfizer vaccine this year-enough to vaccinate 25.5 million people.
Trudeau stated that Canada will receive more than 2 million doses of Pfizer medicines every week until the end of August. 9 million doses will arrive in July and 9.1 million doses are expected to arrive in August-the supply should ensure that Canada achieves its goal of fully vaccinating all Canadians who want to be vaccinated by the end of September.
Pfizer’s earlier and larger deliveries will fill the void left by Moderna, which has proven to be a less reliable vaccine supplier. The Massachusetts-based vaccine manufacturer has been working hard to solve product problems at its European plant and has repeatedly revised or delayed delivery dates.
Canada has received 5.7 million doses of vaccine from Moderna, but the company’s shipments since April 1 have been uneven or lower than expected. Moderna has delivered or arranged less than half of the 12.3 million doses originally promised for the second quarter.
Trudeau said: “We will continue to ensure the safety of the goods until everyone can be vaccinated.” “According to the pace of our progress, this goal is completely achievable.”
To date, 25 million doses of the vaccine have been vaccinated, and 65% of all eligible Canadians (12 years and older) have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Trudeau said that among the G20 countries, Canada has the highest proportion of citizens receiving the first dose of the vaccine.
But few Canadians received the second dose. Only 6.5% of the population was fully vaccinated.
Trudeau said: “The more people get vaccinated, the safer we will be, and the closer we will get through this crisis.” “You can be hopeful this summer and fall. Let us start looking forward to more things we like. , From camping to dinner with friends.”
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Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, also provided an update on the number of COVID-19 cases today.
Compared with the peak in mid-April, these numbers have dropped significantly, with a 73% reduction in daily reported cases. The country now reports an average of 2,300 new infections every day, which is lower than the peak of 9,000 cases.
The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized now has decreased by 47% compared to six weeks ago. The number of ICU admissions dropped by 31% from April.
Tam said that although most vaccinators have already received appointments for the second dose, given the recent increase in vaccine supply, she urges Canadians to check with local public health officials whether to make an appointment in advance.
“The second dose is important not only for your own protection, but also for the immunity of your community. This is a win-win situation,” she said.
“This is essential for strengthening the immune system and building a stronger and longer-lasting immunity.”