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The call for domestic manufacturing comes as imports of vaccines to Canada have dwindled considerably. Canada is expecting just 70,000 doses of COVID vaccine next week from Pfizer, before the company has promised a ramp up to more than 300,000 doses per week in the last half of the month.
Moderna, the other approved vaccine, sent a reduced shipment to Canada this week and is expected to do so again at the end of the month. The company ships to Canada every three weeks and was expected to deliver 249,000 doses the week of Feb. 22.
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, who is overseeing the distribution, said they don’t know yet how large the shipment will be, but it won’t be a full shipment.
“The quantities that we expect to receive remains to be confirmed by the manufacturer so at this time, I can’t really tell you what the quantity will be, but we do not expect to receive 249,000 doses at this time.”
Anand insisted, despite the string of bad news about the vaccine effort, that Canada remains on track to get six million doses by the end of March and enough for all Canadians by the end of September.
She said opposition politicians who were suggesting Canada would never meet that target need to tone down the rhetoric and deal with facts.
“That point of view, saying that it’s impossible to occur, is simply untrue, based on what we’re being told from the vaccine manufacturers themselves,” she said. “It’s not pie in the sky. It’s not unicorns. It is based on what the vaccine suppliers are telling us.”