Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to provide an update on the country’s response to COVID-19 on Tuesday. He will be joined by Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo.
This past Friday, Trudeau announced that Canada would receive 3.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses starting in March after he said Pfizer informed him that the doses originally scheduled for the summer could be fast-tracked. They are now expecting 1.5 million additional doses in March and one million each in April and May. Trudeau said this amounts to eight million this month and 12.8 million between April and June from Pfizer alone.
The briefing came just hours after Health Canada announced it had approved Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
Procurement Minister Anita Anand also said Friday that with the recent approval of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Canada is expected to receive at least 36.5 million doses from the four currently-approved suppliers by June, and 117.9 million in total by September.
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