Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the navy commander main Canada’s vaccine logistics, mentioned at present that pharmaceutical large Pfizer will considerably ramp up its deliveries of doses subsequent month.
Fortin mentioned 444,000 Pfizer doses will probably be delivered every week for the primary two weeks of March.
While these supply figures are considerably larger than the quantities Canada has been receiving in current weeks — solely 70,000 Pfizer doses had been delivered this week, for instance — they elevate questions concerning the authorities’s means to hit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promised goal of six million doses delivered by the top of March.
As of this week, the federal authorities has delivered 1.four million doses of each the Moderna and Pfizer merchandise.
Next week will see the supply of 403,000 extra Pfizer pictures, with 475,000 extra coming at month’s finish. Pfizer will then settle right into a extra common supply sample, with 444,000 pictures arriving the week of March 1 and once more through the week of March 8.
Fortin mentioned 168,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine will ship the week of Feb. 22 — considerably fewer than initially promised owing to manufacturing points on the firm’s vegetation in Europe.
All informed, the federal government expects supply of three,334,000 pictures by March 15. That means the 2 producers will then must ship 2,666,000 pictures mixed — or roughly 888,666 every week — within the subsequent three weeks of March to hit Trudeau’s goal.
Pfizer had promised a complete of 4 million pictures within the first three months of 2021, whereas Moderna dedicated to delivering 2 million pictures in the identical time interval — supply targets the businesses and the prime minister have lengthy mentioned will probably be met, regardless of current supply hiccups.
So Pfizer is on monitor to fulfill that 4 million goal given what Fortin mentioned at present about subsequent deliveries being above 400,000 every week for the foreseeable future. But the Moderna goal is unsure.
Moderna solely delivers pictures to Canada each three weeks, which means the March 15 cargo should be many instances bigger than previous shipments if the corporate is to meet its contractual obligations.
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Trudeau mentioned that regardless of these challenges, he stays assured his authorities will hit its targets.
“Right now we are all very aware that we need more vaccines and we need them quickly,” Trudeau mentioned throughout a digital roundtable dialogue with well being care professionals from throughout the nation Thursday.
“Because of global production challenges there’s been a few weeks of slightly fewer vaccines coming in that we’d like. But we’re approaching something that we’re calling ‘the big lift,’ which is the phase where we go from vaccine scarcity, as we are right now, to receiving millions upon millions, even tens of millions of vaccines into the spring.”
Fortin mentioned there is a risk that there might be two Moderna shipments in March however he did not know for certain what number of doses will arrive within the weeks forward.
“The government of Canada continues to work with the manufacturer to confirm the exact doses and dates for upcoming shipments,” he mentioned. “At this time we expect it to be delivered.”
Fortin mentioned he believes the nation is on the “right trajectory.”