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Trudeau expects most Canadians could be vaccinated by September 2021

Trudeau expects most Canadians could be vaccinated by September 2021”

"This will be the biggest immunization in the history of the country", Trudeau said.

"The way that the reviews are progressing is that we are expecting to make a final decision on the vaccine around the same time as both the U.S. FDA and the European Medicines Agency", she said.

Officials face the massive challenge of administering the vaccine across what is the world's second-largest country by area, much of it sparsely populated and remote.

In case of another pandemic in the coming years, he said "we never want to be caught short again, without the ability to support Canadians directly".

"We're working ahead of their deliveries to ensure their safety and efficacy, and Health Canada is now analysing all data provided by the companies", Mr. Trudeau commented.

"Canadians can expect, If all goes well, to have more than half of us vaccinated by next September", Trudeau said Friday.

Trudeau has said Canada has contracts with all three manufacturers for doses.

"I can't emphasize enough to the prime minister: The clock is ticking". Will the vaccine be distributed to provinces on a per-capita basis as we've been told would happen?

More news: 3 new COVID-19 deaths reported today, an additional 335 cases notified

A firm date on vaccine delivery is among the details premiers are looking for the government to confirm.

Asked whether any Canadians could receive a shot before the end of the year, Sharma said several things are happening at the same time - regulatory reviews, manufacturing, distribution - which makes it hard to pinpoint dates.

Opposition parties criticized Trudeau for not ensuring Canadians get priority access to vaccines.

USA officials have said 6.4 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine could reach some priority citizens within 24 hours of regulatory clearance, while Moderna's vaccine could be available by the end of the year, although the general public likely wouldn't get doses until the spring.

"We're in this together, and the more we work as a team, the better we'll all do", said the prime minister on Friday.

The province of Ontario - home to more than 14 million people - recorded 1,855 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, its highest single-day tally since the start of the pandemic, as well as 20 additional deaths linked to the virus.

Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine is most advanced in Health Canada's reviews, Supriya Sharma, senior medical adviser at Health Canada, said at a press briefing in Ottawa.

The deals would secure 194 million doses with the option to buy another 220 million.

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