Winter weather delays delivery of Pfizer vaccine shipments to Canada

  • Winter weather delays delivery of Pfizer vaccine shipments to Canada

Winter weather delays delivery of Pfizer vaccine shipments to Canada

The three officials said that an anti-variant clause was included in a second contract finalised earlier in February with Pfizer and BioNTech for the supply of 300 million additional doses of their Covid-19 vaccine.

Pfizer this week delivered 4.8 million doses of its Covid vaccine, which is developed alongside German partner BioNTech, to the EU.

The Anglo-Swedish company is providing only 25 to 40% of the more than 100 million doses it had originally promised for the first quarter of this year, which were meant to jumpstart the EU's vaccination programmes.

The full shipments of the Pfizer shot are now expected to land on Canadian soil by Thursday at the latest.

Her comments come as more countries in Central and Eastern Europe are warming up to the Sputnik V vaccine, even though it has yet to get European Union regulatory approval and questions are growing about the transparency of its clinical trial data.

"Overall I must say we still wonder why Russian Federation is offering theoretically millions and millions of doses while not sufficiently progressing in vaccinating their own people", she remarked.

Last month eurocrats unveiled plans to block firms from shipping their vaccines outside of the bloc. Pfizer began reducing shipments in January as it retooled its manufacturing plant in Puurs, Belgium, so that it could expand its manufacturing capacity.

The Ministry also pointed out that 27 cases were hospitalised over the past 24 hours, adding that the total number of current hospitalized Covid-19-infected patients stands at 147, of them 46 are in intensive care units (ICU).

Before the scheme was established, European producers had sent millions of vaccine doses to Israel, Britain and Canada.

"We are on schedule to receive our single largest Pfizer vaccine shipment to date and next week we are expecting an even larger shipment again", Trudeau said at a news conference on Tuesday morning.