Trudeau reveals timing of 1st coronavirus vaccines

Canada is expected to receive its first doses of a coronavirus vaccine next week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed Monday.

The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine should be approved this week, with the first doses delivered and administered next week.

Pfizer’s vaccine is currently working its way through Canada’s regulatory approval processes. Canada is assessing the promising vaccine candidate in lockstep with the United States and Europe, and the government has said these reviews are expected to wrap up “soon.”

Federal officials have been slowly unveiling details of its plan for a vaccine rollout, once one is approved. The government is aiming to be ready to receive vaccine doses before Christmas, said Fortin, the government’s lead on the nations’ COVID-19 distribution of a vaccine, on Thursday.

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Canada has made agreements with a number of vaccine candidates, and doses will arrive in batches over the next year with rollout going to targeted priority groups first.

Trudeau has said he expects the majority of Canadians to be vaccinated by September.

More to come.

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