Efficient instantly, Canada is pausing distribution of the current cargo of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
Right here is the assertion Well being Canada launched round 6pm on a Friday in regards to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Officers and Ministers have been requested about points round Emergent Biosolutions and connections to J&J many instances, together with this week #cdnpoli https://t.co/ChamncF9AT pic.twitter.com/6OO4B52RBl
— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) April 30, 2021
The current cargo of the one-dose COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson received’t be used, as Well being Canada has discovered these doses have been partially processed within the Baltimore plant that ruined 15 million doses at first of April.
That plant was compelled to shut, whereas the US Meals and Drug Administration investigates.
In a press release, Well being Canada says these doses will solely be launched when “as soon as Well being Canada is happy that they meet the Division’s excessive requirements for high quality, security and efficacy.” Well being Canada is at present working with the FDA and Janssen to examine these vaccines.
A spokesperson for Well being Minister Patty Hajdu says “the federal government was made conscious of this data at this time – the identical day Well being Canada determined to speak it with Canadians.”
The workplace of Procurement Minister Anita Anand launched a press release, which says “an preliminary cargo of roughly 300,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine landed in Canada on Wednesday, April 28. As Well being Canada’s assessment of those vaccines is ongoing, and it really works with the provider to acquire all the wanted data, the federal government awaits additional data previous to their launch.”
A Conservative Member of Parliament from Alberta is asking out the Liberal authorities for the delay on pausing the distribution.
It’s inexcusable that this was launched on a Friday afternoon mere hours after the Well being Minister was at committee. Why was this communicated on the eleventh hour earlier than pictures went into arms? We knew these vaccines have been coming for weeks. Main screw up with big implications. https://t.co/BoSSIGAyha
— Michelle Rempel Garner (@MichelleRempel) April 30, 2021
MP Michelle Rempel Garner, of Calgary Nostril Hill, says the federal authorities ought to’ve launched this data earlier “earlier than pictures went into arms.”