Pfizer and BioNTech would deliver their COVID-19 vaccine doses to Canada this month, according to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday announced that Pfizer and BioNTech would deliver their COVID-19 vaccine doses to Canada this month, with vaccinations to start as early as next week.
This, as Trudeau said at a news conference that a deal was signed with Pfizer and BioNTech in order to start the early delivery of COVID-19 vaccine doses.
“We are now contracted to receive up to 249,000 of our initial doses of Pfizer BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine in the month of December,” he said.
Trudeau also said that the first shipments to 14 sites across Canada can be delivered next week, with millions more vaccine doses to follow in 2021.
Health care workers and vulnerable populations — including the elderly — would be the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Major-General Dany Fortin, who was leading the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Canada, said that it would take only one or two days after the vaccine doses arrive to “unpack, thaw, decant, mix” and inject them into the arms of Canadians.
He and his team were conducting a “dry run” to test the ultra-cold storage delivery chain, flying boxes this week from Belgium, and handing them off to health care workers.
The federal government had concluded that pre-orders with some pharmaceutical companies — including Sanofi and GSK, Pfizer and BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson, Medicago, and Moderna — for 400 million vaccine doses in order to make sure that it eventually got what it needs for its population of 38 million.