Novartis pitches in to help produce Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Novartis pitches in to help produce Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Fortin previously conceded that the country will likely experience a shortage of vaccine doses through the end of the first quarter of 2021.

As a result, several provinces have said that Canada will only be receiving 3.5 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March, rather than the four million the federal government has noted in the same time frame.

Nigeria says the first batch of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 is delayed because of "politics and logistics due to no fault of Nigeria".

Doctors in the US were the first in the world to realize that six doses could be taken from each vial if they used 1-millimetre, or 1cc, syringes, although they are less common than the three- and five-millilitre syringes mostly used in Canada's vaccine campaign now. It noted that only 15 percent will be free and the remaining 5 percent will be paid by the government.

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"To achieve this, COVID-19 task forces and committees should persuade members of the public to cooperate with the government in achieving compliance and avoid crude methods that may create resistance and resentment, thereby defeating the primary goal of the Executive Order".

"We can offer our church facilities to help in this massive and complicated and very challenging programme of vaccination", Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the CBCP, was quoted as saying last Thursday by the official news service of the conference's media office. The Philippines may also be able to access 5.5 million to up to 9.2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines made in South Korea by late February or early March - if it soon receives the emergency use listing (EUL) from WHO. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, in an interview on ABS-CBN's Teleradyo, said she was dismayed that bootleg vaccines were available locally, and said these were unsafe to use.

An EUA allows a vaccine that is still under development to be administered in the country for the duration of a public health emergency. Two million syringes of a recent order for 37.5 million are due to arrive in Canada on February 4. "You don't have to wait for the horse to arrive before you start building the cart", Recto said, referring to ancillary requirements for vaccination that range from PPEs and syringes to refrigerators. Specifically, they should be screened now for allergies, "co-morbidities", such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma and other "markers" or "red flags" for possible adverse reactions. The WHO is also reviewing data of Moderna and Sinovac.

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