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A groundbreaking COVID-19 vaccine that can be used rapidly in nursing homes and remote areas could hit Canada this month if it receives regulatory approval, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday
As the second COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada, the Moderna vaccine could be easier to transport than the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine currently in use.It is stored at just -20 ° C while the Pfizer vaccine is stored in ultra-cold freezers must reach -70 ° C

In Ottawa, Trudeau said Canada had reached an agreement that the first doses of Moderna could be dispensed within 48 hours of being approved by Health Canada

“As the Moderna co-founder pointed out a few weeks ago, Canada was among the first to pre-order their vaccine,” said Trudeau.

Trudeau said Canada could have up to 168 by the end of December000 doses of the Moderna vaccine count as part of 40 million guaranteed doses that the country received through its agreement with the company

The vaccine is furthest on Health Canada’s approval process, and regulators have signaled that the green light is imminent

Final clinical data from the Massachusetts-based biotech company was received by Health Canada Dec 11, and final data on the manufacturing process is expected before the end of the week, said Dr Supriya Sharma, Chief Physician at Health Canada

Given the logistical challenges of shipping and storing Pfizer vaccine, remote and indigenous communities and areas will be given priority over Moderna vaccine Provinces will receive a mix of Pfizer and Moderna doses

Canada expects a total of approximately 2 million Moderna doses and 4 million Pfizer doses by the end of March to vaccinate high priority groups including health care workers and long-term care residents. Both vaccines require a person to receive two doses / p>

The Moderna vaccine is better suited for long-term care residents as it is easier to transport and therefore does not need to be brought to vaccination centers

Retired General Rick Hillier, who heads Ontario’s vaccination group, said Tuesday that the province’s first doses of Moderna would go to nursing homes at COVID-19 hotspots

Nursing homes in restricted areas like Toronto, Peel Region, York Region and Windsor-Essex will be vaccinated first, along with red zones like Halton Region, Durham Region and Hamilton

“We’re ready to roll when it arrives,” Hillier said, “I can’t tell you how many people will be vaccinated by the end of the year as we don’t know how many more vaccines will come to us”

Hillier estimated 12 million Ontarians, mostly healthcare workers in high risk situations, nursing homes and some retirement home residents, will be shot by the end of March depending on supplies

The US. The Food and Drug Administration concluded Tuesday that the Moderna vaccine is safe and highly effective and is expected to receive emergency approval later this week
Canada’s vaccine rollout began with Pfizer BioNTech vaccine on Monday, when injections for healthcare workers in Ontario and long-term care residents in Quebec began and will be rolled out to other provinces this week

Canada is expected to have an initial shipment of 30 this week000 doses of Pfizer received and 200 next week000 more cans According to Trudeau, 70 vaccination sites across the country will be ready to receive the doses, up from just 14 this week

Pfizer and Moderna are among the seven vaccine companies that have signed agreements with Canada that could allow access to up to 414 million doses, but most have yet to be approved

AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are also currently under review by Health Canada

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