Ottawa still negotiating with provinces on how to roll out COVID vaccines
CALGARY -- Ontario's health minister says that province will receive nearly half of the 6 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive between January and March 2021, but federal officials insist they're still deciding how those will be distributed to the provinces.
Christine Elliott made the announcement on Wednesday, saying Ontario would receive at least 2.4 million of the 6 million doses.
“Of course there are a number of steps to go through before we actually get to the point of distribution including the regulatory review with Health Canada to ensure the safety of both vaccines,” said federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu.
Elliott says 4 million doses will come from Pfizer, with 1.6 million of those going to Ontario.
Phizer said on Wednesday morning that a final analysis of the Phase 3 trial of its vaccine found it to be 95 per cent effective and that it would seek emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “within days."
The announcement comes just days after similarly encouraging news from Moderna Inc. about its vaccine. That company has said that preliminary analysis suggests that their shot is 94.5 per cent effective and is also nearing the point at which it can be submitted to the USFDA for emergency use authorization.
It remains unclear how many doses Alberta could receive, although late Wednesday afternoon, Alberta health minister Tyler Shandro tweeted some initial ballpark figures.