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Canada/Canadian-Media: There should be enough COVID-19 doses for vaccinating every Canadian who wants to be inoculated by the end of Sep 2021, said the Public Health Agency of Canada (CPHA) on Dec 16.
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"Based on current data, by the end of Q3 2021, Canada projects having a sufficient number [of] doses to be able to offer a vaccination to every Canadian," a spokesperson for PHAC said in a statement to CBC News, CBC News reported.
The "Q3" refers to the third quarter of the calendar year July, Aug, and Sept.
The statement is in response to confusion over released information to reporters about vaccination timelines. During its briefing on Dec 15, the federal documents suggested the completion of the inoculation campaign by the "end of 2021," while other material pointed to Sep. 2021.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Dec 15 that 168,000 doses of the Moderna shot are expected to be available in Canada by the end of this month, subject to Health Canada approval.
Purchase agreements for up to 418 million doses of the various shots with seven different pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, Moderna, Medicago, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, and Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline have been signed by the government of Canada.
Meanwhile, the United States of America (US) says it hopes to have its inoculation program completed by June of 2021.