Canada orders 20 million more doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: PM

Canada orders 20 million more doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: PM

"Even as we have shown that our mRNA-based vaccine can prevent COVID-19, this has encouraged us to pursue more-ambitious development programs within our prophylactic vaccines modality", he added.

Switzerland has been a second-wave coronavirus hotspot, with infections totalling some 500,000 and deaths rising by dozens daily to more than 7,500.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are also reportedly looking into the death of Gregory Michael, a 56-year-old obstetrician who had taken the shot 16 days earlier.

Canada's biggest province declared a new state of emergency Tuesday and is invoking a stay-at-home order as COVID-19 threatens to overwhelm Ontario hospitals.

Manitoba was a limited bright spot on the day, reporting fewer than 100 new cases for the first time since October.

The Ontario government, meanwhile, says it is stepping up immunizations in long-term care homes now that it has protocols in place to safely transport the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which has strict storage requirements. Canada's population is just over 38 million.

She says the fact that the bulk of the extra 20 million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech are to arrive in the second and third quarter of this year was the reason Ottawa chose to exercise that option.

Canada is scheduled to receive about two million Moderna doses and four million Pfizer doses by the end of March, said Major-General Dany Fortin, who is leading the logistics effort for Ottawa.

Canada is getting enough vaccine doses to vaccinate the vast majority of Canadians by the fall but the bulk of that won't happen until later in the spring and summer and provinces are warning they're going to run out of doses.

Trudeau also announced Tuesday that the Canada-U.S. land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least February 21 - another 30-day extension to the restrictions in place since mid-March. The province has administered doses at a rate of 10.805 per 1,000.