Trudeau Announces That 249,000 Vaccines Will Arrive in Canada by Year’s End

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Dec. 7 that Canada will receive 249,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in December to launch the mass vaccination campaign.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Dec. 7 that Canada will receive 249,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in December to launch the mass vaccination campaign.

“We are now contracted to receive up to 249,000 of our initial doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine in the month of December. Pending Health Canada approval, the first shipment of doses is tracking for delivery next week,” Trudeau said in a news conference.

“This will move us forward in our whole timeline in our vaccine rollout and is a positive development in getting Canadians protected as soon as possible,” Trudeau also said.

The first doses of the vaccines are part of the up to 76 million doses that Canada has ordered from Pfizer-BioNTech. Trudeau said that the millions of doses will arrive by early 2021.

Trudeau said that the vaccines will be delivered directly to 14 distribution centers but did not disclose on the exact location of these centers.

A number of 124,500 Canadians would get vaccinated once the 249,000 vaccines have been made available as two shots are required for each individual with the second shot taken a few weeks after the first one.

Long-term residents and staff at care homes are expected to primarily designated for the first shots.

Trudeau also said that isolated Indigenous communities are among those who would receive the first vaccinations at the beginning of 2021, calling them a “priority population.”

Canada also has contracts from six other companies, including AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, for their COVID-19 vaccine candidates.


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