Pfizer shipments to Canada to face delays – minister
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Pfizer-BioNTech’s ability to deliver vaccines to Canada will experience temporary delay because of production issues in Europe, Procurement Minister Anita Anand said on Friday. The minister said that while the company says it will still be able to deliver four million doses by the end of March that is no longer guaranteed.
Pfizer has notified Canada that it will temporarily reduce deliveries of its #COVID19 vaccine, says Public Services & Procurement Min. Anita Anand at a news conference in Ottawa.
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“This is unfortunate. However such delays and issues are to be expected when global supply chains are stretched well beyond their limits,” Anand said at a news conference Friday. “It’s not a stoppage.” “Pfizer believes that by the end of March we will be able to catch up, such that we will be on track with the total committed doses for Q1. This is unfortunate, however such delays and issues are to be expected when global supply chains are stretched well beyond their limits,”
Anand said. Canada has received about 380,000 doses of the vaccine so far, and was supposed to get another 400,000 this month and almost two million doses in February.
The news comes as Ottawa released federal projections that suggest the pandemic may soon exceed levels seen in the first wave, rising to 19,630 cumulative deaths by Jan. 24.
Federal government is responsible for ensuring vaccines are delivered to Provinces.
The Provincial Government determines the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across Ontario and prioritizes who is eligible to receive them