Government secures another 20M COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer

Henrietta Brewer
January 12, 2021

The Trump administration said on Tuesday it is releasing millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses it had been holding back for second shots and urged states to offer them to all Americans over age 65 or with chronic health conditions.

"We're going to continue working to see if we can get a few more doses, because all Canadians want this to move forward as quickly as possible".

The federal government announced today that it has secured an additional 20-million doses of Pfizer's vaccine against COVID-19.

Public health officials say the pace is picking up somewhat - nearly 9 million people have received their first dose according to CDC data - but experts say the pace needs to increase and that state and local jurisdictions need more resources and support to resolve the bottleneck.

US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday received a second dose of the coronavirus vaccine on live television and promised an accelerated inoculation campaign once he assumes office on January 20.

That's enough to vaccinate the entire Canadian population with the two doses required for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna products. Those doses would not have arrived until the end of 2021.

The news comes as Canada experiences a post-holiday surge in daily new cases, and as provinces warn that they are administering doses faster than they are being delivered.

Anand said Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are scheduled to deliver 20 million doses between April and June, although that is subject to change.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require boosters after three and four weeks, respectively. Independent regulators at Health Canada are still reviewing other vaccine candidates from AstraZeneca-Oxford and Janssen Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

Most states prioritized health-care workers and nursing home staff and residents for their first deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccines which began last month, following recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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