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Health Canada has approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for use in that country The first doses are expected to be dispensed by Christmas

Canada is the second country in the world after the U to approve the Moderna shot, the second coronavirus vaccine to give the green light to the country’s mass vaccination efforts Two weeks ago, the Federal Health Agency approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Health Canada has found the Moderna vaccine effective and safe for Canadians This means the delivery of the first batch is imminent, weeks faster than the original January shipping schedule

“Canada has an internationally recognized independent review process and I know our best experts have met this highest standard,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Now that Health Canada has approved the Moderna vaccine, we have the green light to introduce it nationwideâ ????

Trudeau previously said Canada could get up to 168 this month000 doses of the vaccine will be received, with deliveries to arrive between 24 and 48 hours after approval, according to the government’s contract with the U.S Biotech company

We know this pandemic will not end until millions and millions of people have been vaccinated So we continue to make sure everything is done safely and responsibly to make these vaccines available as soon as possible and we all look forward to things getting much better this spring Said Trudeau

“Today’s authorization is another tool in our toolbox to help get COVID-19 under control,” Dr Supriya Sharma, Chief Medical Officer of Health Canada, said at a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday

This is another pivotal moment in the battle against the novel coronavirus as each vaccine candidate has its own unique advantages and barriers.The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, already in the arms of thousands of Canadians, must be injected at temperatures between -60 ° C C and -80 ° C, while the Moderna vaccine can be kept stable at only -20 ° C

“The elephant is in the room where the Moderna vaccine comes in, and probably the introduction of that vaccine will change the landscape more than anythingDr. Zain Chagla, an infectious disease specialist and associate professor at McMaster University, told CTVNewsca during a telephone interview on Wednesday

â € œYou donâ € ™ t have to set up a clinic right next to where you have these ultra-cold refrigerators “? Instead, he said health care workers can administer the Moderna vaccine bed in nursing homes, he said, and the Vaccination Task Force can likely deliver the Moderna shots to small rural hospitals and remote northern regions that could not meet Pfizer product freezing requirements / p>

“This is for sure the game changer vaccine,” he said. For our long-term strategy of vaccinating all Canadians, the Moderna will likely be the workhorse vaccine. The Pfizer will likely be a vaccine in urban centers, in places where they run the clinics who can set up who can carry the Pfizer vaccineâ ????

Health Canada has approved the Moderna vaccine for Canadians 18 and older, but it will likely take many months before healthy, non-frontline adults are vaccinated and still “several days” before the weakest get the shot, said Dr Ronald st John, the first director general of the Emergency Preparedness and Relief Center at the Canadian Public Health Agency, as the Moderna broadcasts arrive this week, this is only the first step in a logistical process, he told CTV News Channel

“The plane arrives at the airport, but then there are a few steps, some steps that have to be taken from the airport to get into someone’s arms”??? he said after Health Canada approved the Pfizer vaccine on December 9, it took another four days for the first shipment to land in Canada in December 13 and one more day before the first healthcare workers were immunized

As with the Pfizer vaccine, the Government of Canada Vaccination Group has set out to the Government of Canada which Canadians will be at the forefront of Moderna admission, including health care workers and those in need in long-term care facilities

To step up vaccination efforts, the Government of Canada has set up an additional 56 outlets (in addition to the 14 already operational) to dose the prioritized groups. Areas are expected to see more than the per capita percentage of Moderna Received vaccines as officials decided not to send the Pfizer shots north, where they lack the necessary ultra-cold storage capacity This time around, areas are well stocked Last week, the Canadian Armed Forces shipped five freezers to areas that are can keep the Moderna cans stable at -20 ° C

Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are messenger RNA vaccines that send a genetic code to cells to produce proteins that trigger an immune response to COVID-19. Early data suggests that both lead to more than 90 percent effective against the virus, including the strains Health Canada said on Wednesday were “similar” to the new UK Variant identified in this month

While the two products have a lot in common, one of the main differences lies in their sales plans.While Pfizer has shipped its own vaccines with UPS, Canada will be responsible for shipping the Moderna shipments across the country once they are delivered, and Innomar Strategies and FedEx Assigned Express Canada earlier this month, officials confirmed that FedEx Express Canada and Innomar will be picking up Canada’s Moderna cans in Europe, where temperature monitors have kept them on dry ice and will fly them to a central location in Canada from where the allocations are made Each region will be distributed.The vaccines are stored in Innomar distribution facilities across the country, including an area of ​​160000 square meters in Ontario, all of which have controlled temperature storage capacities of just -25 ° C and are colder than required for the Moderna vaccine

“Innomar will store the vaccines safely and securely in its storage facilities, which are equipped for the storage of complex pharmaceutical products,” said a statement from Innomar on Wednesday Before the vaccines are shipped, the teams will pack the vaccine in packaging that meets the temperature requirements specified by the manufacturerâ ????

While some Canadians have raised concerns about the unprecedented speed at which COVID-19 vaccines have been approved, health experts continue to stress that the corners have not been cut and the standards have not been lowered, Health Canada’s last safety assessment began on October 12 when Moderna its Candidates submitted for evaluation and a number of steps were previously carried out in parallel, said Dr Hassan Masri, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan

“Canada has one of the toughest requirements [for vaccine approval],” he told CTV News Channel on Wednesday. Why this vaccine has been approved and developed faster is because all of the first, second, and third phase steps happened at the same time, all of the bureaucracy and Bureaucracy was eliminated and there was a lot of money for itâ ????

Health Canada officials said Wednesday that the agency’s standards were maintained during the “rolling review” of the vaccine

“Although this process was completed in a shorter period of time, it met Health Canada’s strict standards”DR Sharma said in Ottawa on Wednesday, under an injunction, Health Canada will allow vaccine manufacturers to provide us with data when it becomes available and that Health Canada experts can begin the review process immediately”

Moderna has agreed to a number of conditions for the vaccine to be approved, which include that Health Canada continue to receive information on the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccine

While the new vaccine approval has been labeled a “game-changer” in Canada’s COVID-19 battle, the country is still in the midst of a worsening spike in coronavirus infections, with many regions experiencing tougher lockdowns this month

“While there is a light at the end of the tunnel, we know there are still challenges ahead,” said Dr Sharma We must all do our best to continue following the Public Health Guidelines this Holiday Season and New Yearâ ????

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Michelle Chester, Northwell Health director of health, holds a bottle of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Northwell Health’s Valley Stream Long Island Jewish Hospital in Valley Stream, N.Y, on Monday, Dec 21, 2020 (Eduardo Munoz / Pool via AP)

Boxes of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are being prepared for shipment at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 (AP Photo / Paul Sancya, Pool)

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