Canadian Foreign Minister Dominique LeBlanc added that the Ministry must still approve all drugs of Health before vaccination.
The Canadian authorities expect to receive the coronavirus vaccine’s first batches in January 2021, after which vaccination will begin in the country. This was stated on Wednesday by the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominique LeBlanc on the CTV channel.
“Early next year, in January 2021, < … > we will be able to start vaccinating Canadians,” he said. According to LeBlanc, the Canadian government has contracts with several companies that develop a coronavirus vaccine, and authorities expect to receive “the first batches of the vaccine in millions of doses at the very beginning of next year.” The Minister added that before vaccination, all drugs must still be approved by the Ministry of the health of Canada.
Earlier, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he expects the country to receive coronavirus vaccines in early 2021 but did not specify specific months. According to him, Ottawa has signed contracts with companies such as AstraZeneca, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, Sanofi, and GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) to supply a vaccine against the new coronavirus. In total, Canada has reserved more than 300 million doses of the future vaccine. Under the contracts’ terms, Canada will receive them almost immediately after they launch their production vaccines. The vaccination of the population will be carried out free of charge.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 345 thousand people have been infected in Canada, 11.7 thousand have died, and 277 thousand have recovered.