The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses could be administered as early as next week
In a statement “Health Canada said it has determined that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine meets the Department’s stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements for use in Canada,” “We expect vaccines to arrive maybe as early as Monday. It takes time to prepare the vaccine,” said Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin
Speaking in the House of Commons Wednesday afternoon, PM Trudeau thanked doctors, researchers and scientists who worked to approve the vaccine. He also noted “We will see 30,000 vaccines begin to arrive next week, with many more on the horizon. But we are not through this yet, we’ve got a tough winter to get through and I know we’re going to be able to get through it together.”
So what happens next on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations?
The plan is now to begin vaccinating the general population in April 2021, and have all Canadians immunized by the end of next year, with one of the several vaccines under consideration.
Question: When will Canadians start to be vaccinated?
It’s possible that by mid-week next week, some Canadians could be receiving the first COVID-19 vaccinations, officials say
Question: How many people will be vaccinated initially?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Dec. 7 that up to 249,000 doses of the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be ready before the end of the year following approval from Health Canada. That means about 125,000 people will be vaccinated.
Question: Where will the vaccine be sent?
The vaccines will be distributed to jurisdictions on a per-capita basis, so each province will receive vaccine doses in numbers proportionate to their share of the population.
Pfizer-BioNTech will begin sending the vaccine to 14 distribution centers in large urban areas across the country that have been chosen by the provinces. They should receive the doses by next week.
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