Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that he understands why there's a "tremendous amount of anxiety" among Canadians with the constant flow of bad news about the inoculation campaign, but he doubled down on his promise to deliver six million shots by the top of March.
Trudeau asked Canadians to tune out the "noise" from some circles about the sorry state of the country's vaccine efforts, saying the temporary "ups and downs" could also be frustrating to "some people," but they're just that temporary. European countries Crona update
Speaking to reporters outside Rideau Cottage, Trudeau said he has been in regular contact with executives at three of the pharmaceutical companies that are supplying Canada with shots.
The two principal suppliers, Moderna and Pfizer, have assured him that they're going to still meet their contractual obligations to send six million shots, combined, despite dramatic declines in shipments over the last month, Trudeau said.
"I want to reassure Canadians that we're on target ," he said, adding that as many as 20 million more doses will start to arrive within the spring because the federal keeps its sights on vaccinating all people that need a shot by the top of September.
Asked if Canada had any legal recourse if the businesses don't meet their contractual obligations, Trudeau didn't answer. Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos also declined to comment Friday on the government's legal options if the businesses fail to satisfy delivery targets for the primary quarter of this year.
The two companies are grappling with manufacturing issues at their plants in Europe that have severely disrupted deliveries to markets outside the U.S.While Canada's Moderna supply are going to be curtailed this month — public health officials have conceded that they need no idea just what proportion product will arrive.
Meanwhile shipments within the U.S. have increased by about 35 per cent within the last week as Moderna looks to fulfil its obligations to a government that partially funded vaccine development.
AstraZeneca awaits green light
Trudeau said the pending approval of other promising vaccine candidates are going to be a much-needed jolt to the stalled vaccination campaign Canada now ranks 33rd worldwide for shots administered per capita and he spoke with the CEO of AstraZeneca in the week , who told him vaccines would follow shortly after Health Canada's green light.
Canada passed on the domestic manufacturing rights thereto product, therefore the shipments will come from the company's factories abroad. Canada has ordered up to twenty million doses of that product, which is already in use in Europe and therefore the uk .
Trudeau suggested those AstraZeneca shots would be delivered sometime this summer — "He considerably assured me that we are on target to receiving the 20 million doses committed to by the top of June," Trudeau said of the CEO, Pascal Soriot.But a purchase official, speaking on background, later clarified that everything of the AstraZeneca order wouldn't arrive until the top of the third quarter, in September.
Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand told the Commons health committee Friday that some 500,000 AstraZeneca shots could arrive before the top of March now that Canada has chosen to tap supply from COVAX, a vaccine-sharing initiative funded by wealthier countries to make sure low- and middle-income countries have access to shots.
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