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Canada to obtain 6.5 million Covid-19 vaccines by finish of March

In a press briefing Friday, Trudeau repeated his expectation that each Canadian who desires a vaccine will obtain one by September.

Trudeau informed reporters Canada had secured a further two million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine by way of Verity Pharmaceuticals and the Serum Institute of India. The first cargo of 500,000 vaccines is anticipated to reach inside weeks.

This cargo would develop on the 20 million doses the nation has already secured from AstraZeneca, Trudeau mentioned.

Canada additionally acquired 643,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines this week, Trudeau mentioned.

Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna had considerably slowed deliveries to Canada after a mixture of producing delays and calls for from Europe, the place Canada procures its doses.

Since vaccinations started in late December, greater than 1.7 million vaccine doses have been administered out of greater than 2.four million doses distributed throughout the nation, in accordance with Health Canada.

New variants spreading

Canada has reported 858,217 instances of Covid-19 because the pandemic started, in accordance with Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public well being officer, who briefed reporters on Friday.

There have been 21,865 deaths from Covid-19, she mentioned.

Over the previous week, there was a mean of 97,120 accomplished Covid-19 checks day by day with a 3.2% positivity charge and a day by day common of two,960 new instances of Covid-19 and 52 deaths, Tam mentioned.

Over the previous week, there have been 2,269 sufferers with Covid-19 in hospitals and 564 sufferers receiving important care, Tam added.

As of Friday, 964 instances of the B.1.1.7 variant, 44 instances of the B.1.351 variant and two instances of the P.1 variant had been reported in Canada, Tam mentioned.

Tam warned that as new, extra transmissible variants unfold, “controlling the epidemic will be much more difficult.”

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