Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today that Canada’s vaccination campaign could end before September if the country secures the necessary shots and if there’s a change in dosing timelines.
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his administration would have enough supply to vaccinate all Americans by the end of May – two months earlier than planned.
When asked about that ambitious timeline, Trudeau said his government is confident that all Canadians who want to get vaccinated will be vaccinated by the end of September, but the earlier end date is “possible” if all goes well and if the other vaccine candidates are approved by Health Canada.
More Canadians could get vaccinated earlier than planned if the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) agrees to adjust the recommended interval between first and second vaccine doses — a change that some provinces, notably B.C. and Quebec, have implemented already.
Trudeau said any comparisons between the pandemic experiences of Canada and the U.S. must recognize that there have been many more cases — and more deaths — reported south of the border.
On a death-per-caseload basis, however, Canada has fared worse than the U.S. because of how many seniors have died of the virus in long-term care homes in this country. About 2.5 percent of all COVID-19 cases have resulted in death in Canada, compared to 1.8 percent in the U.S.
Health Canada’s recent approval of the AstraZeneca product will add more than 20 million shots to the country’s vaccine stockpile over the next six months, but the delivery schedule for most of these shots has not yet been finalized.
A shipment of 500,000 AstraZeneca vaccines made by the Serum Institute of India arrived today, but the question arises as to who will have access to the vaccine.
According to a source from 680 News, the province of Ontario confirmed the AstraZeneca vaccine will be distributed to people aged 60-64, so those 60-64 can be vaccinated earlier than expected.
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