Canada has secured 1.4 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses for June, Procurement Minister Anita Anand confirmed on Monday.
That brings Canada’s total Moderna vaccine doses to over nine million for June alone and sets the vaccine manufacturer on track to “exceed the original target for the second quarter” with a new total of 12.9 million doses.
Canada was already set to receive 9.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week alone, thanks to a massive infusion of shots from Moderna.
Before the announcement of even more doses, the federal government had said the Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical firm will deliver a total of 7.1 million vaccine doses in two separate shipments this week.
The first shipment of 2.9 million doses was scheduled to arrive and be sent to provinces in the middle of the week. The remaining 4.2 million were slated to arrive later in the week, but wouldn’t be sent to provinces and territories until next week.
Another 2.4 million doses are also due to come from Pfizer and BioNTech, which have been consistently delivering large weekly shipments since mid-March.
While Canada is poised to receive millions of vaccine doses this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced at the conclusion of the G7 summit in Britain on Sunday that Canada would be donating 13 million surplus vaccine doses to poorer countries struggling to vaccinate their populations.
The Prime Minister’s Office later provided a breakdown showing more than 7 million of the doses being donated are from pharmaceutical firm Novovax, whose vaccine has yet to be approved for use in Canada.
The remainders are AstraZeneca doses and shots from Johnson & Johnson that Canada bought through COVAX, an international vaccine sharing initiative.
All told, G7 leaders confirmed their intent to donate more than 1 billion doses to low-income countries in the next year.
That commitment falls far short of the 11 billion doses the World Health Organization said is needed to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the world’s population and truly end the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada has secured delivery of more than 100 million doses for the year — more than what’s needed to give its population of nearly 38 million two doses per person.
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