FORTIN: 1ST COVID-19 VACCINE COULD BE ROLLED OUT BY END OF MONTH
Dec 03, 2020
By Bob Komsic
Saying Ottawa’s preparing for one of the ”most ambitous, complex” vaccination programs ever delivered in this country, Canada’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer says we’re well-positioned to provide access to safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines to all Canadians next year.
”We will immunize as many Canadians as possible, as quickly as possible, and ensure that high-risk populations are prioritized” says Dr. Howard Njoo.
”We expect certain Health Canada approved vaccines to become available in early 2021.
The initial supply of these vaccines will be limited such that we will be able to vaccinate about 3-million Canadians.”
Dr. Njoo confirms a Zoomer Radio ”Fight Back” exclusive from Monday.
One of the co-chairs of the country’s COVID vaccine task force told host Libby Znaimer, he expects 6-million doses in the first quarter; which would be enough to inoculate 3-million Canadians as 2-doses per-person are required, with more doses to follow.
Major-General Dany Fortin, commander of Canada’s military pandemic response, says the national operations centre is not waiting for Health Canada’s approval to begin preparations.
The Pfizer vaccine will be delivered by the company directly to provincial and territorial distributions points as early as month’s end.
Fortin says there’ll eventually be 205 ”points of issue” locations across Canada where the vaccine will be administered, and that it’ll be up to provinces and territories to specify where and when individuals will be inoculated.