A cargo of 1 million Moderna COVID-19 doses initially scheduled to reach subsequent week will as an alternative arrive Wednesday night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.
“By tomorrow morning, one million Moderna doses can be on the bottom in Canada,” Trudeau stated Tuesday.
He added Canada can be selecting up the doses in Europe later Tuesday night. They are going to be distributed by the top of the week.
The early cargo is a welcome reprieve from current months hampered by Moderna vaccine delays because the pharmaceutical big faces manufacturing points. Final month, Moderna slashed to 650,000 the 1.2 million doses that had been anticipated by the top of April. In February, Moderna despatched 180,000 doses as an alternative of the anticipated 230,400.
Procurement minister Anita Anand stated Canada was in talks with Moderna to make vaccine deliveries extra dependable.
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To this point, greater than 16.8 million COVID-19 doses have been distributed all through the nation’s provinces and territories.
The information comes as many battle to make sense of the newest well being recommendation from the Nationwide Advisory Committee on Immunization.
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The committee set off a firestorm of concern and anger Monday after saying mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are “most well-liked” as a result of viral-vector vaccines from Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson carry a small danger of blood clots.
NACI’s recommendation differs drastically from that of federal officers, who’ve been recommending Canadians take whichever vaccine is first supplied to them.
In a roundabout way mentioning NACI, Trudeau doubled down on the earlier vaccine pointers touted by public well being officers.
“Keep in mind – all vaccines in Canada have been accepted by Well being Canada,” he stated.
“Our recommendation to provinces and territories – and to Canadians – has not modified.”
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Chief Public Well being Officer Dr. Theresa Tam stated she sympathized with Canadians discovering it tough to comply with the conflicting well being recommendation.
Nonetheless, she stated “all of us have to know that everybody is attempting to supply the very best info to ensure that everybody to make the choice.”
“Folks needs to be assured of their public well being system in that they’re being supplied with vaccines, understanding that every one of that knowledge and evaluation and considerate pondering and the balancing of profit danger has been a part of the consideration as vaccines are supplied to them,” Tam stated.
Extra to come back.
— With recordsdata from World Information’ Rachael D’Amore and the Canadian Press
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