Federal government expects 1 million vaccinations this week after Moderna delays delivery

Ottawa — Canada needs to wait a little longer for the promised influx of COVID-19 vaccine.

The federal government says it expects about one million shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to arrive this week as the two drug companies continue to administer it on a regular schedule.

Ottawa also planned to deliver about 1.2 million batches from Moderna, but before government officials said last week that shipments would be delayed and reduced.

The government has blamed the unprocessed portion of quality assurance testing for reductions. This will cut Canada’s expected doses by half this month and postpone delivery for at least a week.

Ottawa does not expect the Oxford-AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be delivered over the next seven days.

Nonetheless, the federal government is confident that all adults will be fully vaccinated by the end of September, and some companies have promised to speed up deliveries in the coming months, Pfizer. Promises additional doses to make up for Moderna’s deficiency.