Therapy Areas: Vaccines
Canada's COVID-19 vaccination campaign ramps up with arrival of more vaccine doses
26 February 2021 -

Officials in Canada said on 25 February 2021 that Canada's COVID-19 vaccination campaign is ramping up after earlier supply disruptions, Reuters news agency reported on Friday.

Canada's deputy chief public health officer, Howard Njoo, was quoted as telling a briefing that over 240,000 COVID-19 doses were injected last week, the most in more than a month.

"We are seeing positive signs that the rollout is ramping up. ... This is a reflection of greater supply," he said, adding that about 2.9% of Canadians had received at least one dose and this percentage is expected to significantly increase throughout March 2021.

Major General Dany Fortin, in charge of coordinating the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, has said a total of 643,000 doses had been distributed this week, the highest amount yet.

Reportedly, Canada has deals with US pharmaceutical companies Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc to purchase COVID-19 vaccines, but both companies ran into production problems last month and reduced shipments.

Canada says it is still on track to receive a total of six million doses from Pfizer and Moderna by the end of March 2021 and that anyone who wants a shot can get one by the end of September 2021.

So far, Canada has recorded a total of 21,807 COVID-19 deaths and 855,126 cases.