Canada approves Pfizer coronavirus vaccine

Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is officially approved for use in Canada.

Health Canada has completed its review of the clinical data submitted by Pfizer, and deemed the hotly awaited vaccine safe for use, the regulator announced in a notice on its website on Wednesday.

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“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has a significant impact on public health. There is no vaccine authorized for the prevention of COVID-19 in Canada,” the regulator noted in its decision authorizing the use of the vaccine.

“The availability of a safe and effective vaccine will reduce the spread and severity of COVID-19 disease and reduce its social and economic consequences.”

“The data provided supports favorably the efficacy of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine as well as its safety. The efficacy of the vaccine was established to be approximately 95 per cent, the vaccine was well tolerated by participants and has no important safety concerns,” the notice continued.

“The benefit to risk assessment for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is considered favorable.”

It comes as coronavirus cases surge across the country, and as officials prepare to roll out the first doses to roughly 124,500 Canadians working in frontline healthcare and long-term care.

The first vaccinations could begin as soon as next week.

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