Dec 15, 2020
By Jane Brown
Health Canada’s chief medical adviser says her department is on track to approve a second vaccine for COVID-19 very soon.
Dr. Supriya Sharma says it “looks positive” for the vaccine from U.S. biotech firm Moderna, but there are still some outstanding manufacturing documents needed before a decision can be made.
Mark Lievonen is co-chair of Canada’s COVID -9 Vaccine Task Force.
“They include the Janssen from Johnson & Johnson and the AstraZeneca which are both viral vector vaccines. They carry the protein,” Lievonen explained, “And there are also vaccines, what we call protein sub-units. That would be the Novavax, the Sanofi PSK, which are going to enter clinical trials a little bit later. And following that is the Canadian one, which is Medicago, a Quebec based company that uses virus like particles grown in tobacco plants.”
The first doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were given Monday to health care workers in Toronto at the University Health Network.
Long-term care workers from an Ottawa nursing home will be next, as that city rolls out its vaccination program Tuesday.
A long-term care resident in Quebec City, 89 year old Gisele Levesque, became the first Canadian to be vaccinated against COVID-19, just before personal support worker Anita Quidangen was vaccinated in Toronto.