Published: Wed, January 20, 2021
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Cut in supplies of Pfizer coronavirus vaccines to hit Canada, Europe too

Cut in supplies of Pfizer coronavirus vaccines to hit Canada, Europe too

Canada will not be receiving any of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine next week.

"I had a lovely conversation with Angela Merkle yesterday morning in which she complained to me that every day she gets it from the German media that they're not doing as well as Canada is", Trudeau said.

Federal Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole said that while he wants the government to succeed for the sake of all Canadians, their vaccine program has been frustrating to watch.

Ford also appealed to US president-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday for help securing more COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario.

Only 171,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will arrive over the next two weeks, instead of the almost 418,000 previously expected.

"I understand that Mr. Trudeau, like us, says that it's not ideal, but we're no longer in hypotheses".

The Government Ontario says today's numbers may be due to a technical issue surrounding underreporting in Toronto which shows 550 new cases, well below the marks reported in the past week.

"This is a very temporary situation", Elliott said.

But provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed Monday that B.C. expects increased shipments in March to make up for those missed doses, and that the province is "still on track" to vaccinate its most vulnerable residents before April.

The province says it has administered over 224,000 doses across Ontario so far. Vera Etches, says that while there will be challenges in the coming weeks, significant progress was made on vaccinating residents of long-term care homes. The province is now giving the second shot 35 days after the first to maximize how many at-risk people are protected against the virus. Other provinces have chosen to extend their second-dose time frames.

Pfizer Inc told Canada on Tuesday it will receive no coronavirus vaccines next week, officials said, an unexpected development that promises more pain for provinces already complaining about a shortage of supplies.

"At this time, we believe Alberta Health Services will also be able to provide second doses to health-care workers within the established window", he said.

"Long-term care and high-risk retirement home residents and their essential caregivers, who have received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, will receive their second dose in 21 to 27 days".

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