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B.C. set to unveil its COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan Wednesday

Last Updated Dec 9, 2020 at 11:04 am PDT

In this May 25, 2020, file photo, a lab technician extracts a portion of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate during testing at the Chula Vaccine Research Center, run by Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sakchai Lalit

B.C. is set to unveil more details about its COVID-19 vaccination plan

Premier John Horgan set to join Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix on Wednesday

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – British Columbians will soon know more about the province’s COVID-19 vaccination plans.

B.C. Premier John Horgan will join Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix later today to reveal details.

This comes after the premier announced on Tuesday that about 4,000 high-risk individuals in B.C. would be given the Pfizer vaccine by the end of next week.

The province’s update also comes after Health Canada approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in this country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that Canada signed a deal with Pfizer to secure up to 249,000 doses of its vaccine by the end of the year.

The government had previously said it hoped to receive the first shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine in early January.

The initial doses will be divided among the provinces on a per-capita basis.

B.C. reported 566 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, along with 16 new deaths related to the virus. There are more than 9,300 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C.

Meanwhile, the U.K. began its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Tuesday. It didn’t go off without a hitch, however, with U.K. regulators receiving two reports of possible allergic reactions.

NEWS 1130 will have the latest from the B.C. COVID-19 update on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.