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Vaccine distribution ramping up as 11 per cent of Canadians get first shots: Ottawa

Last Updated Mar 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm PDT

Syringes and disinfectant wipes that will be used at the COVID-19 vaccine clinic Strathcona Paper Centre in Napanee, Ontario, on Monday March 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

The federal government says COVID-19 vaccine distribution will steadily increase in the coming weeks as Canada hits an important milestone.

Deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, says the country has surpassed the 10 per cent mark of residents over 18 who have received at least one shot.

More than 11 per cent of the country’s adult population is now at least partially protected from the virus.

But Njoo warns that’s not enough to stop the spread, as more transmissible variants continue to pose a “significant threat” until more people are vaccinated.

Officials say a total of six million doses have been delivered to the provinces so far.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander in charge of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, says two million doses are set to be delivered next week — for a total of eight million by the end of March.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 25, 2021.

The Canadian Press