More bad news for Canada as Moderna reduces vaccine supply next week

More bad news for Canada as Moderna reduces vaccine supply next week

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for use by the health regulatory authorities of about 50 countries, including Switzerland and the European Union member states where it has been granted Conditional Marketing Authorization and it has received authorizations for emergency use in e.g. the United Kingdom, the USA, and Canada, as well as in Hong Kong.

In an emailed statement Julie Green, minister of Health and Social Services, said the federal government is still committed to its promise to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to all eligible Canadians by the end of next September.

Health Canada approved Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine on December 9. and Moderna's on December 23, each time about three weeks after Phase 3 trial results were publicly reported.

It was USA medical professionals who first discovered in December that they could get six doses - as opposed to five - from each vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by using special syringes that trap less vaccine around the needle after an injection.

Just yesterday, the Prime Minister told the House of Commons and the nation that Canada is still on track to receive 4 million doses of vaccine from Pfizer by the end of March.

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Seven more people died of the virus since the province's last update, for which Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hinshaw said there is now no evidence of spread within the broader community of the variants.

Deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo says Health Canada is still reviewing the request to formally change the label to reflect that it contains six doses and is examining whether that sixth dose can be extracted consistently.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Pfizer "has let us down tremendously" and called for "a loud voice to make sure we get our fair share of vaccines".

"(Pfizer) have assured us we will receive four million doses. the rub is the numbers don't add up to four million at this time", said Major General Dany Fortin, who is helping lead the inoculation campaign.

More bad news for Canada as #Moderna reduces #vaccine supply by 50,000 doses next week. Canada has contracts with seven COVID-19 vaccine-makers but has never published any details, including prices or delivery timelines. An earlier version said the manufacturing data for Astrazeneca was still to be submitted.

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