BionTech – First batch of Pfizer/BioNTEch COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Canada
OTTAWA (Reuters) – The primary COVID-19 vaccines landed on Canadian soil on Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated, and a few Canadians are anticipated to roll up their sleeves for a shot as quickly as Monday.
Canada and the US are set this week to grow to be the primary Western nations after the UK to start inoculations with the newly accepted vaccine.
“The first batch of doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Canada,” Trudeau stated on Twitter on Sunday evening above an image of a cargo airplane apparently used to move the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and Germany’s BioNTech SE.
The preliminary 30,000 doses will go to 14 websites throughout Canada. Essentially the most susceptible individuals, together with the aged in long-term care amenities and healthcare staff, shall be first in line for pictures.
The vaccines left Belgium, the place they have been produced, on Friday, and traveled to Germany and the US earlier than being cut up up and despatched to completely different elements of Canada.
“The intent here is to ensure that we continue to have regular drip feed of vaccines in the coming weeks,” with 249,000 doses anticipated by the top of the yr, Main-General Dany Fortin, who’s accountable for vaccine distribution, instructed the Canadian Broadcasting Corp earlier within the day.
Whereas it’s “good news” that the vaccine has arrived, Trudeau stated: “Our fight against COVID-19 is not over.”
Forecasting a fast acceleration of the unfold of the novel coronavirus through the second wave, Canada’s federal well being authorities known as on Friday for provinces to impose extra well being restrictions heading into the vacations.
The nation has had 460,743 confirmed COVID-19 instances, with 5,891 new infections reported on Sunday. On Friday, well being officers stated Canada may see 12,000 new instances a day by January.
The extremely contagious respiratory illness has claimed 13,431 lives in Canada, together with 81 on Saturday.
‘BRIDGE TO RECOVERY’
“While we have a long way to go, this marks the beginning of our bridge to recovery,” Procurement Minister Anita Anand stated on Twitter of the vaccine arrival.
Canada is predicted to approve a second vaccine from Moderna Inc “reasonably soon” and the nation shall be prepared to simply accept shipments of it by the top of the week, Fortin stated earlier.
Supriya Sharma, senior medical adviser at Well being Canada, stated on the CBC the overview of the Moderna vaccine was ongoing and that essential information was anticipated later this week.
She additionally outlined steering about potential allergic reactions to the Pfizer shot after stories of two such incidents on the primary day of vaccinations in Britain.
On Saturday, Canada stated anybody with vaccine allergic reactions mustn’t take the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
“If you have an allergy to a vaccine or this vaccine or any components of the vaccine, you should not get it,” Sharma stated. “But if you have other allergies, you can go ahead and get vaccinated.”
Well being Canada shall be monitoring people who find themselves inoculated for hostile reactions or unwanted effects, she stated.
Officers have stated they anticipate to obtain 6 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines earlier than the top of March. Every vaccine requires two doses, given about three weeks aside.