Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine arriving in Canada today
The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by the American company Pfizer (Pfizer) and its German partner BioNTech (Biontek), will arrive in Canada from the United States via aircraft on December 13.
The announcement was made by General Danny Fortin, who is responsible for distribution of the drug across Canada, on air of CBC.
“Some flights will arrive in Canada today, some tomorrow, some of the vaccine will be delivered by trucks tomorrow,” he said. The general specified that the entire first batch of 30,000 doses of vaccine will be in Canada during December 13-14, after which the drug will be immediately delivered to Canadian regions. Soldiers have been enlisted to deliver the vaccine.
Earlier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that deliveries of the US vaccine will begin on December 14. Canada will receive a total of at least 249,000 doses of the vaccine by the New Year. The authorities plan to vaccinate 3 million citizens by March, while everyone who wants it will be vaccinated by the end of 2021.
Ottawa has contracts for the coronavirus vaccine with AstraZeneca, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, Sanofi and GSK (GlaxoSmithKline). In total, Canada has reserved more than 300 million doses of the future vaccine. Vaccination of the population is expected to begin as soon as the first doses are received.