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Canada signs deals with Pfizer, Moderna to get doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Last Updated Aug 5, 2020 at 7:24 am PDT

FILE -- In this handout photo released by the University of Oxford a volunteer participates in the vaccine trial in Oxford, England on July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-University of Oxford via AP

The federal government has reached a deal with Pfizer and Moderna to supply experimental COVID-19 vaccines for Canada

Agreement puts Canadians a front of the line when vaccines are developed, proven to be safe, feds say

OTTAWA – Canada is signing deals with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and U.S.-based biotech firm Moderna to procure millions of doses of their experimental COVID-19 vaccines.

Procurement Minister Anita Anand is announcing the deals Wednesday morning in Toronto, which will see Canada get access to the vaccines if they prove to be both safe and effective.

Both companies began Phase 3 clinical trials of their vaccine candidates in the last week, large-scale tests to determine how well the vaccines work.

Earlier in July both Pfizer and Moderna reported positive results from smaller trials.

The Phase 3 trials will both test the vaccines on 30,000 people, and results are expected in the fall.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam warned Tuesday about expecting a vaccine to provide a quick end to the pandemic, saying they provide hope but likely no silver bullet for the novel coronavirus.