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Federal government secures another 20M COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer

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Federal government secures another 20M COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer

Regarding the issue with most of the Covid-19 vaccines requiring a two-dose regimen taken three weeks apart, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the head of U.S. Operation Warp Speed, said, "In real life, a substantial percentage of people immunized with the first dose will not get their second dose".

Ontario is expected to receive more than 1 million doses while Manitoba will get more than 101,000 doses.

Meanwhile, the federal government has released a forecasted vaccine delivery schedule for provinces and territories through the end of February.

This news comes on the heels of Procurement Minister Anita Anand confirming she chose not to exercise an option to buy up to 16 million additional doses of the Moderna vaccine because they would not have arrived until late in 2021.

Trudeau says Canada should see about 80 million doses of the vaccines arrive this year from Moderna and Pfizer alone. Then between June and September, the plan is to vaccinate almost 20 million more people, seeing Canada hitting and surpassing the herd immunity threshold.

"We are on track to have every Canadian who wants a vaccine receive one by September", Trudeau told reporters.

"Principles of immunology, vaccine science and historical examples demonstrate that delays between doses do not cause reduction in final antibody concentrations, nor decrease in the durability of the anamnestic response for most products. administered in multiple doses, "the committee stressed in support of its position, while acknowledging that clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines have been short-lived".

The vaccination programme, which the government says is being rolled out faster than its European neighbours, will help pave a way out of a new lockdown which began in England last week.

Officials say, planned vaccinations will go ahead using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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