VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Canada is expecting to see a major ramp-up in deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines, with large shipments set to begin arriving this week.
We are due to receive one million Pfizer doses per week for the next several weeks. In total, by the end of March, Canada should have received a total of eight million vaccine doses, with that number expected to climb to at least 15 million by the end of April.
Canadian officials warned last week that Canada is still subject to fluctuations in production. However, the country’s deputy chief public health officer recently said the deliveries expected in the coming weeks set us on the right track to administer first doses of COVID-19 vaccines to every Canadian who wants one by the end of June.
In addition to the million Pfizer doses, Canada is also expected to receive more than 845,000 doses from Moderna this week.
Meanwhile, Canada could also see 1.5 million AstraZeneca doses come in from the U.S.. As part of a deal between the two countries, Canada would likely have to replace whatever it receives.
The influx in vaccine doses comes at a critical time, with COVID-19 virus variants continuing to spread across the country, sparking fears of a third wave.
Canada’s top doctor, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, recently warned that these variants of concern have the potential to threaten the progress that has been made so far “before vaccines can bring full benefits.”
We currently have four vaccines approved for emergency use: the ones made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.
It’s unclear when shipments of the Johnson & Johnson shot — which is the only one approved that requires a single dose as opposed to two — will begin to arrive.
Conversations continue with that company, but we expect 10-million doses in the coming months.