Cut in supplies of Pfizer coronavirus vaccines to hit Canada, Europe too

  • Cut in supplies of Pfizer coronavirus vaccines to hit Canada, Europe too

Cut in supplies of Pfizer coronavirus vaccines to hit Canada, Europe too

Major General Dany Fortin, who's co-ordinating the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, said Canada's shipments of the vaccine would be cut by almost one-fifth this week and then go down to zero next week.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his government's ability to acquire COVID-19 vaccines as more provinces revise their vaccination schedules due to a temporary slowdown in production of the drug by Pfizer and BioNTech.

The health minister said B.C. won't be following other provinces going outside the federal procurement process to obtain more vaccines, saying he's confident in the federal government's approach.

Ford is asking Biden to share one million doses with Canada. I would be up that guys "yin-yang" so far with a fire cracker he wouldn't know what hit him.

Only 171,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will arrive over the next two weeks, instead of the almost 418,000 previously expected. "I would not stop until we get these vaccines".

Pfizer Canada spokeswoman Christina Antoniou told The Canadian Press "multiple countries around the world will be impacted in the short term" but can not say which countries or what the effect outside Canada will be.

Ontario's Premier Doug Ford commented on the announcement saying he was "very angry" and said with a Pfizer manufacturing plant in MI, less than six hours away, the USA should help out their neighbour.

The province says it continues to work toward a goal of vaccinating all long-term care homes by February 15.

Williams said he would also like to see the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital intensive care units drop to 150 - from 395 reported Monday - before ending the lockdown. "We are making steady progress, but we will not rest until the residents and staff of every long-term care home and all Ontarians have had the opportunity to get a vaccine".

According to the province, more than 83,000 long-term care residents, workers and caregivers have rolled up their sleeve and more than 40 per cent of all homes have received their first doses.

Anand says she understands the delay in shipment of the Pfizer vaccine is very disappointing but says health officials are continuing to receive steady numbers of the Moderna vaccine.

A higher percentage of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines given out in the coming weeks will be second doses, he said, while the Moderna vaccine will become the province's "workhorse" for first doses.