Canada will begin rolling out the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, a few days after becoming one of the first countries to approve treatment.
The first shipment of the vaccine arrived in the country on Sunday night, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed the “good news.”
“But the fight against COVID-19 isn’t over. Let’s be more vigilant than ever,” he said in a tweet.
Trudeau has previously stated that the country will receive an initial dose of 249,000 vaccines this month, with the first 30,000 doses expected to arrive by Monday.
Local media reported that it would be deployed in Quebec (the most devastated state in the country) on the same day and distributed to elderly care facilities.
The state will begin distribution in neighboring Ontario on Tuesday, the state said on its official website as part of a pilot program given to more than 2,500 frontline workers in hospitals and care facilities.
Authorities expect the rollout to take place this week, but it’s unclear exactly when other states are set to vaccinate.
“The delivery schedule is on track,” Dany Fortin, who is in charge of vaccine distribution, told CBC, a national broadcaster on Sunday.
“The state will be in a position to vaccinate in the next few days,” he said.
Canada was able to pre-order 20 million doses and choose 56 million additional doses while the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was still under development.
Vaccines that have proven to be 95% effective in late clinical trials are given twice every 21 days.
Canada counted 460,743 cases of the virus as of Sunday, killing 13,431 people.
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