Canada COVID-19: Provinces work on revised plans as Pfizer-BioNTech shipments to slow down

23:06  16 january  2021
23:06  16 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Supply problems that will slow global deliveries of the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine over the next four weeks will affect B.C.’s COVID - 19 vaccination In B.C., Dix said the province received the 25,000 doses of the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine it expected this week, but will experience a slight reduction in

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Quebec and Ontario, the two provinces hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, say a decision by drugmaker Pfizer-BioNTech to slow vaccine shipments in the coming weeks will mean changes to their respective game plans.

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Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health David Williams said the company's decision to delay international vaccine shipments to upgrade production facilities will likely have an effect on the province, though the full impact of the move is not yet known.

Williams said in a statement today that long-term care residents, caregivers and staff who already received their first dose of Pfizer's vaccine will receive their second dose between 21 and 27 days later, no more than a week longer than originally planned.

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While Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said he expects the vaccine rollout to be rapid after it gets the green light from US health officials, following in the steps of Britain, he noted that it Last month, Pfizer announced that its vaccine – developed alongside German firm BioNTech – had proven to be more

States will receive shipments of Pfizer 's vaccine once a week to begin with after the shots are rolled out, Slaoui said. While the country anxiously awaits the first Covid - 19 vaccine authorization, local and state leaders are responding to rising case rates by ramping up or extending social restrictions.

But that time frame will be longer for anyone else receiving the Pfizer vaccine, with second doses being delivered anywhere from 21 to 42 days after the initial shot.

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Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube said Friday the reduced shipments mean that 86,775 of the 176,475 doses of the vaccine expected until Feb. 8 won't be delivered as planned.

Health officials are establishing a new distribution plan, but the Quebec Health Department said the strategy to immunize as many people as possible within priority groups will be maintained.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 16, 2021.

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Adam: Ford shouldn't be blasting Pfizer; his own vaccine rollout wasn't exactly glitch-free .
News of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine production slowdown, which reduced Canada’s supply at a time of surging COVID-19 cases, certainly came as a big disappointment. But there was no need for Premier Doug Ford to be overly dramatic about it and start hammering away. “Ontario Premier blasts Pfizer,” over the vaccine shortage, one headline noted. “It makes me very, very angry,” Ford said, making clear his fury was not directed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I am just angry at the situation that other countries are getting it … We have to be on those guys (at Pfizer) like a blanket. I would be outside that guy’s house.

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