Trudeau: All Canadians will be able to get vaccinated by September | News on the coronavirus pandemic
Canada’s vaccination campaign lags far behind that of the United States, with just 5% of the population vaccinated to date.
All Canadians who wish to be vaccinated will be able to do so by the end of September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday, pledging to stick to a schedule he set at the end of last year.
At a press conference, Trudeau said drugmaker Pfizer will begin administering one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine each week from March 22 to May 10.
“It will make a big difference,” Trudeau said. “Every dose makes a difference.”
“Anyone who wants a vaccine in Canada will be able to get one by the end of September,” he said.
The move doubles Pfizer’s current offer, officials said. Trudeau also announced that drugmaker AstraZeneca would deliver 20 million doses by the end of the year.
Canada launched its vaccination campaign in December and has already authorized four vaccines for use in the country.
But in the midst of a global vaccine rush, Canada faced a shortage of access to doses. Like many countries around the world, it currently does not manufacture any vaccines.
Canada’s neighbor to the south, the United States, has contracts to buy more vaccines than it needs. It will also speed up vaccine production over the next few months.
But President Joe Biden’s administration has not made a commitment to export doses to Canada or Mexico – the United States’ two main trading partners.
On Friday, the White House said it had received requests for vaccines from countries “around the world,” but had not sent them to anyone.
“The president’s priority and goal is to make sure the American people are vaccinated,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a press conference.
“We also want to make sure that we have maximum flexibility, that we are over-supplied and over-prepared, and that we have the capacity to deliver vaccines, whatever the most effective, to the American public,” she said.
One year after declaration of COVID-19 pandemic, Biden on Thursday promised vaccine eligibility for all adults by May 1 and set a goal of resuming most social and economic activities by July 4, the Independence Day holiday of the United States.
The United States appears to be on the right track to achieve this. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States has given 98 million injections and about 19% of the total population has received at least one vaccine.
But as of Friday, only 1.9 million Canadians had received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to official government data, roughly 5% of the population – well behind the United States as well as the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom. European Union.