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Hamilton/Canadian-Media: Canada's vaccination effort reached a milestone when it received first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for children aged five to 11 with a shipment landing in Hamilton on Sunday evening.
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An accelerated delivery of more than 2.9 million doses agreed by the federal government and the pharmaceutical giant is scheduled to arrive in Canada by the end of the week.
The delivery comes just a few days after Health Canada approved the vaccine for use.
Public Services and Procurement Minister Filomena Tassi announced the date for the first delivery on Friday, shortly after it was authorized by Health Canada.
Pfizer Canada's vaccine lead Fabien Paquette said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live ahead of the delivery on Sunday that clinical trials had shown that the vaccine was almost 91 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 for the targeted age group and added that the deliveries would be made swiftly across the country this week.