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Another 20 million doses ordered from Pfizer; PM

Workers in Saskatoon are expanding the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization facility at the University of Saskatchewan Workers in Saskatoon are expanding the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization facility at the University of Saskatchewan
Gustavo Carr | 14 January, 2021, 14:32

Nearly 550,000 doses have now arrived in Canada and about 71 per cent of them have been injected.

Ontario is expected to receive more than 1 million doses while Manitoba will get more than 101,000 doses.

The federal government had already secured 20 million Pfizer doses, and that amount has now doubled to 40 million, by exercising an option in the contract that allowed Canada to access up to 76 million additional doses.

Canada has now agreed to buy 40 million doses from Pfizer and 40 million from Moderna.

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Like the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, Moderna's vaccine requires two injections spaced out over several weeks to reach maximum effectiveness although it can be stored at refrigerator temperatures while the other needs to be kept at -72 degrees Celsius, about -161.6 Fahrenheit all during the distribution chain.

However, the Committee believes that, while it is preferable to follow these instructions, the provinces can afford to delay the administration of the second dose, depending on "the logistics of vaccine delivery, the current epidemiological situation and projections, as well as the capacity of the health system ". Trudeau indicates that Canada will have enough supply to vaccinate up to 20-million people by June.

"We're on track to having every Canadian who wants a vaccine receive one by September", said Trudeau, adding that the federal government has let all provinces and territories know how many vaccines they will be receiving every week from now until the end of February.

The vaccination programme, which the government says is being rolled out faster than its European neighbours, will help pave a way out of a new lockdown which began in England last week. "We are going to live with this virus, we think, forever", Bancel said at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.