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Provinces slow vaccine programs amid supply crunch

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 26 Jan, 2021
  • Provinces slow vaccine programs amid supply crunch

Some Canadian health-care workers are being told they'll have to wait longer to receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccines as deliveries from a major manufacturer grind to a temporary halt.

Canada is not expected to receive any Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines this week as the company revamps its operations, and deliveries are expected to be slow for the next few weeks.

Ontario announced today that it was pausing COVID-19 vaccinations of long-term care staff and essential caregivers so that it can focus on giving the shots to all nursing home residents.

Several provinces have used up nearly all their vaccine supply and have been forced to push back their vaccination schedules.

Saskatchewan announced Sunday that it had exhausted all the doses it has received so far, while Quebec has used up more than 90 per cent of its supply.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the delay is only temporary and that Canada is expected to receive 4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of March.

 

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