Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Pfizer-BioNTech will soon increase the dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and the federal government will deploy the Canadian Red Cross to support the mobile vaccination team in Ontario.
Trudeau announced on Friday a contract with Pfizer for an additional 8 million doses of the vaccine. Hours after Canada announced that supply from Moderna would be cut in half until the rest of April.
Trudeau said it would provide more relief to the state, including the federal government’s deployment of mobile medical units in Toronto and Hamilton, as Ontario reported the highest COVID cases ever.
The prime minister said he would also be sent health care equipment, including oxygen units and drugs to treat COVID.
Procurement Minister Anita Anand said the first four million of Pfizer’s new eight million doses would arrive in May, and another two million in June and July. She also said Pfizer had moved another 400,000 doses from the third quarter to June.
The first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from Canada also arrived in the week of April 27 and will be delivered to the state in early May, Anand said.
Increasing the dose of Pfizer helps offset another production delay from Moderna. Earlier Friday, Anand announced that Moderna would ship 650,000 vaccines by the end of the month instead of the expected 1.2 million.
Anand said in a statement that Moderna advised that supply to Canada was limited because capacity growth was slower than expected.
The company also told Canada that one to two million doses of the 12.3 million scheduled deliveries in the second quarter could be postponed until the third quarter.
“While we are disappointed and understand the challenges facing suppliers in the current global vaccine market, the government continues to pressure Moderna to fulfill its promises,” Anand said in a statement. It is stated in.
In a statement, Moderna said there was a “deficiency” in estimated doses from the European supply chain and “adjusted” expected deliveries in many countries, including Canada.