Canada approved a COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna, according to the health ministry.
Canada on Wednesday officially approved a coronavirus vaccine from Moderna, according to a recent announcement from the health ministry.
This, as it paved the way for up to 168,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be delivered by the end of 2020.
Canada approved a coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech earlier this month and Canadian authorities had started administering it to the elderly and to health workers.
It was last Friday when the United States approved the coronavirus vaccine from Moderna.
The said vaccine needed to be stored and shipped frozen, but didn’t require the ultra-cold temperatures of the shot that Pfizer developed with BioNTech.
In a statement, the health ministry said that it had determined that the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna met the department’s stringent safety, efficacy, and quality requirements after a thorough, independent review of the evidence.
On December 15, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada had signed a deal to receive up to 168,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna before the end of 2020.
Medical officials in several parts of Canada said that the health care system was under “dangerous strain” as the second wave of COVID-19 was sweeping across the country.
Canada had recorded a total of 521,509 cases and 14,425 deaths.