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What to expect when COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Canada​

With limited manufacturing capacity, six of the vaccines the country has ordered will have to be imported and the first are unlikely to arrive before early 2021
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TORONTO — Canada has ordered more COVID-19 vaccine doses per capita than any other country – at least 194 million and up to 414 million doses for its population of 38 million.

With limited manufacturing capacity, six of the vaccines the country has ordered will have to be imported and the first are unlikely to arrive before early 2021, while a candidate from Quebec’s Medicago is likely at least six months from approval.

What to expect when COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Canada​


The following outlines what to expect for COVID-19 vaccines in Canada:

WHICH VACCINES COULD BE AVAILABLE IN CANADA?

Canada has announced purchase deals with Moderna Inc , Pfizer Inc, Novavax Inc, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi SA with GlaxoSmithKline Plc , AstraZeneca Plc, and Medicago.

In the unlikely event all seven are approved, Canada could buy enough doses to vaccinate the country more than five times over.

The vaccines will be distributed free through the provincial health services.

WHEN WILL THE FIRST DOSES ARRIVE?

Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca have announced trial data that showed their vaccines were highly effective. They are seeking to accelerate the essential regulatory approval for their vaccines by using Canada’s new rolling review process.

Canadian officials have not given a precise timeline for deliveries, but said they expect to receive a combined six million doses of Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines by the end of March 2021.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Canadians on Tuesday that manufacturers are likely to provide their own countries with vaccines first.

“Countries like the United States, Germany and the UK do have domestic pharmaceutical facilities, which is why they are obviously going to prioritize helping their citizens first,” he said.

Michael Mullette, managing director of Moderna’s Canadian unit, said timing of shipments will depend in part on which countries have approved its vaccine, noting that Canada has been working to speed up the regulatory process.

“Canada is certainly one of the first countries to have an agreement with us, and will be serviced very quickly,” he said.

Canada announced a deal with Moderna on Aug. 5. The European Union finalized a supply deal with Moderna on Tuesday.

WHEN COULD THE FIRST CANADIANS BE VACCINATED?

This depends on regulatory approvals. Health Canada said last week that it could approve one or more vaccine early in the first quarter of 2021.

Procurement Minister Anita Anand said on Tuesday that under Canada’s purchase contracts, vaccine makers will not make deliveries until their products are approved.

More vulnerable people will be prioritized for vaccination
WHO WILL GET THE VACCINE FIRST?

Canadian provincial governments will have the final say, Health Minister Patty Hajdu told a parliamentary committee recently.

According to preliminary guidance published by the federal government in early November, more vulnerable people will be prioritized for vaccination. They would include those at high risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19, such at the elderly.

Others likely to be in the early waves of inoculations are healthcare workers, people providing essential services such as workers at food processing plants and grocery store staff, and other people whose living or working conditions put them at elevated risk of infection, “and where infection could have disproportionate consequences, including Indigenous communities.”

WILL CANADA REQUIRE VACCINATION?

Hajdu in late August said no vaccines are federally mandated in Canada, and the COVID-19 vaccine would be no different.

She noted that there are provincial rules related to school admission, with exceptions.

“We believe that people have a choice in Canada about whether or not to be vaccinated, but we also believe that we have an important responsibility as Canadians to take vaccinations to protect our communities,” she said.

 

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Canada orders 40 million doses of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine​

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A man in DeLand, Florida, receives his first injection as a participant in a coronavirus vaccine clinical trial sponsored by Moderna on August 4.
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The Canadian government doubled its order commitment of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine candidate, from 20 million to 40 million doses, Moderna announced in a statement Monday.

The biotechnology company said shipments of its vaccine to Canada could begin as soon as this month if regulatory approval is granted in December.

"(Moderna) has already initiated the rolling review process with Health Canada and intends to seek Prequalification (PQ) and/or Emergency Use Listing (EUL) with the World Health Organization (WHO)," according to a news release from Moderna.

"The Canadian vaccine supply will be sourced from Moderna’s European production capacity," the statement said.
 

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COVID-19: Canada to get Pfizer vaccine doses this month, says Trudeau; Ontario reports another record increase in cases​

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: An NHS pharmacy technician at the Royal Free Hospital, London, simulates the preparation of the Pfizer vaccine to support staff training ahead of the rollout, on December 5, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
FILE: An NHS pharmacy technician at the Royal Free Hospital, London, simulates the preparation of the Pfizer vaccine to support staff training ahead of the rollout, on December 5, 2020 in London, England. PHOTO BY WPA POOL /Getty Images

What you need to know, at a glance
  • Canada will receive up to 249,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this month, provided it’s approved by Health Canada
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the “early delivery” at a Monday press conference, and said the first shipment of doses is tracking to arrive next week
  • Distribution will begin next week, through 14 different sites identified across the country – at least one in every province, with two in each of the four largest provinces. Because of the logistical challenges associated with the Pfizer vaccine (it has to be transported and stored at -70 C), the initial 14 sites are located in “large urban areas,” said Trudeau – but more will be added in the coming weeks
  • Shipments will continue to arrive into 2021, said Trudeau, “with millions of doses on the way”
  • Residents, staff and essential caregivers at long-term care and retirement homes, health-care workers, adults in Indigenous communities, and adult recipients of chronic home health care will be among those eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses in the first few months they’re available in Ontario. The province announced its priority groups for early vaccination on Monday
  • Working with the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health, Ontario government officials will be inspecting local malls and retail stores this week to ensure they have the proper protocols in place to protect patrons and employees from COVID-19
  • Meanwhile, the premier said he’s been getting questions about travel to a secondary residence over the holidays. If people choose to do this, “you get all your shopping, all your food, everything, where you live. You go up there, and you stay there. You don’t be leaving your place, you stay there with your direct family members,” Ford said
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. (The province reported 48 new cases in Ottawa, but minor discrepancies between the numbers reported provincially and locally are not uncommon.)
 

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Canada will start vaccinations early next week as lockdowns fail to get infections under control​

From CNN's Paula Newton

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There was sobering news for Canadians Thursday as public health officials in several provinces said they were coping with an increase in infections despite new restrictions and lockdowns.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau underscored the need to keep up with public health protocols as he announced that vaccines would arrive in Canada by Monday.

“The first 30,000 doses are expected to arrive on Canadian soil in just a few days. To all Canadians, if you’re feeling relieved and hopeful, you’re not alone, this is the good news we all need but remember this is only the first step in what will be a massive project over a long winter,” said Trudeau during a news conference in Ottawa Thursday evening.

Canada is not disclosing logistics or tracking information on the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as it enters the country because of what officials say are "credible" security concerns.

But Trudeau stressed he does not believe there will be any disruptions as the vaccines make their way from Belgium to Canada.

The timeline on vaccines in Canada comes as several provinces -- including Canada’s two largest, Quebec and Ontario -- logged record cases of Covid-19 in recent days, with officials saying lockdowns in both Toronto and Montreal are having little effect.

Ontario released new modeling Thursday and confirmed that according to mobility data throughout the province, people are traveling outside their homes at close to normal levels and likely not limiting contacts as much as needed to stop the spread of the virus.

Montreal broke a single-day record Thursday with 648 new cases of Covid-19, a growth rate the city’s public health director called "alarming."

“I know we’re all tired, but we need to make an effort,” said Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montreal’s public health director, during a news conference Thursday.
 

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US FDA likely to recommend against Pfizer vaccine for pregnant women, committee member says

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The US Food and Drug Administration is likely to recommend against giving pregnant women the upcoming Pfizer vaccine, a member of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee said Thursday.

Dr. Paul Offit's comments came after the committee voted to recommend the vaccine for an emergency use authorization (EUA).

“I think the recommendation will be that pregnant women not receive this vaccine until we know more,” Offit told CNN’s Wolf Blitze
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“However, as shown in this trial, whenever you do any sort of large clinical trial, invariably you do get pregnant women because women don't find out they're pregnant until after they've gotten one or two doses. So, there were about two dozen women in this trial that were pregnant and there doesn't appear to be any harmful effects on them, but their babies haven’t been born yet to find out

Offit said this will also happen when the vaccine rolls out to health care workers and people in long-term care facilities. Some of those vaccinated will invariably include pregnant women.

The committee voted 17-4, with one abstention, in favor of recommending the FDA grant Pfizer an EUA. The FDA will now decide whether to accept the recommendation but has signaled that it will issue the EUA for the vaccine.
 

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US FDA likely to recommend against Pfizer vaccine for pregnant women, committee member says

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The US Food and Drug Administration is likely to recommend against giving pregnant women the upcoming Pfizer vaccine, a member of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee said Thursday.

Dr. Paul Offit's comments came after the committee voted to recommend the vaccine for an emergency use authorization (EUA).


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Offit said this will also happen when the vaccine rolls out to health care workers and people in long-term care facilities. Some of those vaccinated will invariably include pregnant women.

The committee voted 17-4, with one abstention, in favor of recommending the FDA grant Pfizer an EUA. The FDA will now decide whether to accept the recommendation but has signaled that it will issue the EUA for the vaccine.



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Canada rolls out its first Covid-19 vaccines​

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Tamara Dus, left, director of University Health Network Safety Services, administers the first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Canada to personal support worker Anita Quidangen in Toronto on December 14.
Tamara Dus, left, director of University Health Network Safety Services, administers the first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Canada to personal support worker Anita Quidangen in Toronto on December 14. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press/AP

A personal support care worker in Toronto became Canada’s first recipient of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine Monday as Canada began distributing its first 30,000 doses across the country.

Anita Quidangen has been a personal support worker for nearly three decades and provincial officials say she has worked tirelessly at the Rekai Centre, one of Toronto’s hard hit long-term care homes.

Applause broke out after Quidangen received her shot, as more health care workers lined up for their vaccinations. It is a mostly symbolic rollout as Canada works to secure vaccines more quickly from Pfizer-BioNTech and other international manufacturers.

Canada says it expects to receive about 249,000 doses of the vaccine before the end of the year but is awaiting at least 20 million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech.

The country completed a "dry-run" of vaccine distribution last week and officials reported no problems providing a timely and secure delivery.

Canada’s doses will be distributed from Pfizer’s European production hubs and not from the US supply of vaccine.

Earlier Monday federal officials say they are continuing to negotiate "hard" to receive as many vaccine doses as possible, as quickly as possible.

“Notably, our portfolio consists of signed agreements with seven vaccine manufacturers that will provide us with access to up to 414 million doses, the most number of doses per capita of any country in the world,” said Anita Anand, Canada minister of procurement and the woman who has led efforts to put together Canada’s vaccine portfolio.

Canada also announced it would spend about $400 million more to help developing countries access testing, therapeutics and vaccines. Federal officials say they have so far contributed more than $800 million dollars in the global effort to help developing countries cope with Covid-19.
 
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