Shomporko Online News Desk: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated Friday that over 68 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in Canada by the end of July.
Trudeau said the increase in supplies is due to new agreements with Moderna, which he is quarantining following his overseas tour from Rideau Cottage.
“Millions of Moderna doses are being pulled forward from our summer supply timetable into June, and we’re securing shipments for the first half of July… “We’re also getting extra doses from the United States,” he added.
Outlining the specifics of the deliveries at a federal health ministers’ COVID-19 press conference soon after, Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Canada will receive a total of more than 18 million doses of Moderna in this quarter, “well over the approximately 12 million doses originally forecasted.” That’s on top of the one million doses that Canada received from the United States government Thursday, she said.
“We are pleased to report that Canada’s allocation from Moderna for the month of July is 11 million doses. What’s more, these deliveries will be front-end loaded with nearly five million of those doses actually arriving before the end of June and the balance is to be delivered in the first half of July,” Anand said.
Although deliveries from Pfizer have been tweaked, Anand said Canada will still receive 9.1 million doses in July.
She stated, “That has not changed.” “However, deliveries in the first two weeks will be fewer than intended, and deliveries in the last two weeks will be higher to compensate and make up the difference,” says the company.
By the end of June, Canada will have received more than 50 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, and by the end of July, it will have received more than 68 million doses.
“This is the situation,” Anand explained in French. “The 55 million doses by the end of July were exclusively for Pfizer dosages; now that we have a plan that includes Moderna, we should have 68 million doses by the end of July.”