Canada is expected to have enough COVID-19 vaccines next year to vaccinate all Canadians by the end of September, according to Public Health Canada (PHAC).
The statement comes amid confusion over competing information released to reporters last week about vaccination timelines.
Some federal documents distributed at a COVID-19 briefing last Wednesday suggested the inoculation campaign would be completed by the “end of 2021,” while other material pointed to the more optimistic September date.
The PHAC now says it believes the vaccine supply will be enough to allow all Canadians who want to be vaccinated by the end of September.
“Based on current data, by the end of Q3 2021, Canada projects having a sufficient number doses to be able to offer a vaccination to every Canadian,” a spokesperson for PHAC said in a statement to CBC News. The “Q3” refers to the third quarter of the calendar year — July, August and September.
The September date is premised on the companies with which Canada has signed purchase agreements — Pfizer, Moderna, Medicago, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax and Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline — securing regulatory approvals and meeting planned timelines for the delivery of doses, the PHAC spokesperson said.
“It is important to underscore that timelines for delivery of doses vary across the vaccine candidates and are dependent on companies’ abilities to scale up manufacturing, clinical trial timelines, results and subsequent regulatory filings,” the spokesperson said.
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