Canada City can complete vaccinations in six months if supply is available, Ottawa Hospital CEO says

13:52  16 january  2021
13:52  16 january  2021 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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The Ottawa Hospital and Ottawa Public Health will be able to vaccinate as many as 10,000 people a day, putting the the city on track to have everyone vaccinated by summer if enough vaccine is available, says Cameron Love, president and CEO of the Ottawa Hospital.

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But that “if” is a big one, particularly with news Friday that Pfizer-BioNTech is temporarily slowing production of its COVID-19 vaccine, halving the number of doses Canada will receive in the next month.

“Once the supply of doses stabilizes, the goal is to get the vaccine to everyone who wants it by summer,” Love said Friday in an emailed response to questions. “As a region we have a comprehensive plan and strategy led by Public Health to vaccinate approximately 10,000 people per day, when the doses arrive. That puts us in the range of being able to vaccinate everyone in approximately six months.

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"We’re two months into this and you have rural hospitals not receiving their shipment, which is pretty inexcusable," said Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association. That figure shrunk to 10% this week, with 16 of the state's 157 rural hospitals still waiting for doses.

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Obviously there are a lot of moving parts, but all levels of government are working together to stabilize the supply of vaccines.”

Once the supply problem is resolved, the biggest obstacle to overcome will be getting the doses to where they’re needed, Love said.

“Ensuring the supply of vaccines are getting to the sites in a timely manner is crucial, but we are working closely with the Ministry on upcoming shipments, and will continue to do so.”

According to the federal government’s website, more than 200,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were expected in each of the next two weeks and 1.4 million doses were expected in February.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Canada was “working day in and day out to get vaccines delivered as quickly as possible” but acknowledged that Pfizer-BioNTech’s announcement had derailed plans in the short-term.

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Trudeau said this is why Canada has one of the most diverse vaccine portfolios in the world, pointing to seven bilateral agreements he says ensure “flexibility when it comes to supply chains.”

“I want to be very clear: this does not impact our goal to have enough vaccines available by September for every Canadian who wants one,” Trudeau said from outside Rideau Cottage.

Pfizer Canada spokeswoman Christina Antoniou said Friday the company’s production facility in Puurs, Belgium is undergoing modifications in the coming weeks to increase the number of doses it can pump out. Pfizer hopes to double its 2021 production to two billion doses.

“Pfizer Canada will continue to pursue its efforts in anticipation that by the end of March, we will be able to catch up to be on track for the total committed doses for Q1,” Antoniou said.

Vaccinations in Ontario will be rolled out in three phases with the first, already well underway, targeting high priority groups such as health-care workers in hospitals, staff and residents in long-term care homes and retirement homes and adults in the Indigenous community. The second phase will include older adults 80 and above, then decreasing in five-year increments, first-responders and teachers, workers in the food-processing industry and individuals with chronic health conditions.

Others who are younger or at lower risk, will be able to get their vaccines in Phase 3 when the supply is available.

Love could not say when phases 2 and 3 will begin.

“The Province is currently putting together the overall plan and strategy for the vaccination roll out across the province. This includes multiple phases and Public Health agencies and the hospitals will be working with the Province to confirm delivery schedules for vaccines across all phases.”

With files from The Canadian Press

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