BionTech – First Pfizer-BioNTEch COVID-19 vaccines start arriving in Canada
OTTAWA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the primary of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials have arrived in Canada.
Trudeau tweeted an image of them being taken off a airplane on Sunday (Dec 13). Canada’s well being regulator authorized the vaccine made by US drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech final Wednesday.
The Canadian authorities lately amended its contract with Pfizer in order that it will ship as much as 249,000 doses this month. Trudeau says it’s excellent news however he’s urging Canadians to proceed to put on masks, keep away from gatherings and to obtain a authorities app that lets customers know in the event that they’ve are available contact with those that have examined optimistic.
Canada and the USA are set to change into the primary Western nations after the UK to start inoculations with the vaccine developed by Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech.
The preliminary 30,000 doses will go to 14 websites round Canada. Essentially the most susceptible folks, together with the aged in long-term care amenities and healthcare employees, shall be first in line for photographs.
“Some flights will arrive tonight. Some flights will arrive tomorrow. Some vans will cross the border tomorrow, so it is all coming within the coming day or two,” Main-General Dany Fortin advised the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
The vaccines left Belgium, the place they have been produced, on Friday, and travelled to Germany and the USA earlier than being cut up up and despatched to inoculation points in Canada.
The distribution timetable goes based on plans, and administration points for the vaccine will slowly be elevated beginning this week, Fortin mentioned on the Rosemary Barton Stay morning present.
“The intent right here is to make sure that we proceed to have common drip feed of vaccines within the coming weeks,” with 249,000 doses anticipated to be in Canada by the top of the 12 months, he mentioned.
Forecasting a fast acceleration of unfold of the novel coronavirus throughout the second wave, Canada’s federal well being authorities on Friday referred to as for provinces to impose extra well being restrictions heading into the vacations.
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The nation has had 454,852 confirmed COVID-19 circumstances, with 6,011 new infections reported on Saturday. On Friday, well being officers mentioned Canada may see 12,000 new circumstances per day by January.
Canada is anticipated to approve a second vaccine from Moderna “fairly quickly” and the nation shall be prepared to just accept shipments of it by the top of the week, Fortin mentioned.
On the identical present Supriya Sharma, senior medical adviser at Well being Canada, mentioned evaluation of the Moderna vaccine was ongoing and that vital information was anticipated later this week.
She additionally outlined steerage about potential allergic reactions to the Pfizer shot after studies of two such incidents on the primary day of vaccinations in Britain.
On Saturday, Canada mentioned anybody with vaccine allergy symptoms mustn’t take the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
“When you have an allergy to a vaccine or this vaccine or any elements of the vaccine, you shouldn’t get it,” Sharma mentioned. “However when you’ve got different allergy symptoms, you’ll be able to go forward and get vaccinated.”
Well being Canada shall be monitoring people who find themselves inoculated for antagonistic reactions or negative effects, she mentioned.
Officers have mentioned 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.
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