Despite information that Canada will not be getting doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India this month, federal officers say they count on Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine provide to ramp up within the coming weeks as the primary Johnson & Johnson doses arrive and Moderna scales up manufacturing.
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the navy commander main Canada’s nationwide vaccine distribution effort, stated Canada will obtain its preliminary cargo of 300,000 Johnson & Johnson doses subsequent week and so they’ll be distributed to the provinces the next week.
“While weekly fluctuations of shipments may happen, overall the quantity of vaccines we can expect from manufacturers continues to grow,” Fortin instructed reporters right now.
The subsequent cargo of Johnson & Johnson is predicted in June; no agency supply date has been set but.
Fortin confirmed final week’s information that shipments of Moderna set for subsequent week can be reduce from an anticipated 1.2 million doses to 650,000, however insisted that shipments of that vaccine would speed up “in short order.”
“We have yet to know the details on Moderna for May, although they’re working on scaling up so the adjustment was quite severe last week,” Fortin stated. “They’re working on scaling up and I think we will have very positive news in short order for Moderna.”
Canada has acquired 2,856,580 doses of the Moderna vaccine to this point.
Dramatically rising case counts in India have prompted that nation to impose export restrictions, delaying supply of the a million doses of AstraZeneca Canada was anticipating to obtain by the top of this month.
“We will not see doses this month as the situation in India continues to be the way it is,” stated Fortin.
Canada has an settlement with the Serum Institute of India to obtain two million doses of a vaccine that’s biologically similar to the AstraZeneca vaccine however manufactured underneath totally different circumstances underneath the title Covishield.
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Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Joelle Paquette said that while those doses will not come this month, her department expects India to meet that commitment and is “tracking” deliveries to arrive by “the end of June.”
“We are continuing to work with the Serum Institute on the delivery of its vaccine to Canada,” she said.
AstraZeneca delivery dates unconfirmed
Paquette noted, however, that while she hopes that doses will arrive in June, the situation on the ground in India, and that country’s export ban, could still affect those delivery dates.
She also said the federal government is waiting to hear from COVAX about when Canada will get its next shipment of AstraZeneca from that source.
COVAX is a global vaccine-sharing initiative jointly coordinated by the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance.
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The program swimming pools funds from wealthier nations to purchase vaccines for these nations and guarantee low- and middle-income nations have entry to vaccines as properly.
Canada is slated to obtain 1.9 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from this system by the top of June. Canada has thus far acquired 316,800 doses from COVAX.
As for the settlement Canada has with AstraZeneca to purchase 20 million doses immediately, Paquette stated “we’re looking at the next shipment in June, and working with the company at the moment on solidifying that particular delivery schedule.”