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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Health Canada's approval of use of the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca this morning, has opened channels for millions of more inoculations in Canada, Health Canada reported.
AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine. Image credit: Wikipedia
The federal government of Canada, who has been in talks with AstraZeneca about locking in shipments as soon as the regulatory approval was given.
The company has been promised 20 million doses to Canada, out of which it will receive 500,000 doses by the end of March as part of the global vaccine-sharing program known as COVAX.
Considered to be relatively cheap compared to Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines already in circulation in Canada, AstraZeneca is the third approved COVID-19 vaccine in Canada.
The federal health regulator has been reviewing the AstraZeneca two-dose vaccine for for safety and efficacy since October, and announced their approval this morning.
Doses of the AstraZeneca shot can be stored at temperatures as low as 2 C to 8 C, while the other two require ultra-cold freezers.
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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada's new top military commander Admiral Art McDonald, has stepped aside amid investigation after just over two years into the job.
Commander Admiral Art McDonald. Image credit: Twitter handle of Canadian Armed Forces.
McDonald is under investigation by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service after unspecified allegations were levelled against him.
Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a statement that he takes allegations of misconduct seriously, "no matter the rank, no matter the position."
Sajjan refused to give further details of the allegations during the ongoing investigation.
Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre, who is currently the commander of the army, will step into the role of acting chief of the defense staff.
The revelation of the allegations against McDonald was during the time of controversy surrounding his predecessor, Retired chief of the defense staff general Jonathan Vance.
Vance is also under investigation by the military's National Investigation Service after allegations after Global News reported that he had an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate.
The ongoing investigation is looking into if Vance violated the code of service discipline, or he broke any laws.
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Toronto/Canadian-Media: An agreement with Novavax has been signed by the Canadian government to produce its COVID-19 vaccine in Montreal, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.
Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Facebook page
Novavax would become the first drugmaker to produce their COVID-19 vaccine in Canada subject to regulatory approval in Canada.
"We’ve signed a memorandum of understanding with Novavax to produce their COVID-19 vaccines at the new [National Research Council] Royalmount facility in Montreal," Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.
Canada has been seeing a worsening vaccine shortage after the delivery of promised vaccines by the producer Pfizer halted last week.
With production not beginning at least until July when Canada’s vaccination strategy would be nearing its end.
Adhering to his promise that all Canadians who wish to be immunized against the disease will be able to do so by September, Trudeau said that Novavax vaccine will prove to be useful in dealing with possible future outbreaks or different strains.