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20 Million more COVID 19 vaccine doses ordered

20 Million more COVID 19 vaccine doses ordered


Ottawa(ATB): Canada has ordered an additional 20 million doses of Pfizer Inc’s
coronavirus vaccine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week after provinces
complained about inadequate supplies.
Trudeau told reporters that Ottawa now had agreements with Pfizer, which
developed its vaccine with German partner BioNTech, and Moderna Inc for a total
of 80 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccines to be delivered this year.
Canada, which had initially ordered 20 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech
vaccine with an option for 56 million more, now has a firm deal for 40 million
doses of the two-shot vaccines.
Canada’s 10 provinces, which have responsibility for administering the vaccines,
say supplies are being delivered far too slowly.
Trudeau said that between April and June, Canada would have enough doses for 20
million people. Canada’s population is just over 38 million.
Trudeau also said Canada was extending an existing ban on non-essential travel
with the United States until Feb 21. The measures, which do not apply to trade
flows, were first imposed last March and have been regularly rolled over.

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