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Ottawa, Nov 26 (Canadian-Media): In spite of the reassurance from the Federal officials on Nov 26 that Ottawa has a plan to procure and distribute millions of COVID-19 vaccines in early 2021, top civil servants still don't know how and when Canadians will be vaccinated due to a number of uncertainties, media reports said.
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Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer, said the federal government will leverage the Canadian Armed Forces and an existing influenza vaccine distribution network to help with deployment but the limited supply of vaccine supply would be targeted to "high priority groups" only — seniors in long-term care homes, people at risk of severe illness and death, first responders and health care workers and some Indigenous communities, among others.
A larger rollout will follow once supply chains stabilize and regulators approve more vaccine candidates for use in Canada.
He cautioned, however, that it's an "optimistic projection" and the details are far from certain right now.
Needles and syringes needed for vaccinations, which will be shared with the provinces and territories, Njoo said, have been stockpiled by the federally run National Emergency Strategic Stockpile (NESS), with storage sites across the country.
A cold storage has also been purchased by the federal government for the promising Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, should they be approved for use here in Canada.
There's been a much of preparation behind the scenes and the government will provide more information about logistics, distribution and allocation at a later date.
Purchasing agreements with five different pharmaceutical companies, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Medicago, Pfizer and Moderna Canada has so far finalized, while agreements with Johnson & Johnson and Novavax are being finalized now.
Final decision on the Pfizer product, has reported a 95 percent effectiveness rate, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to be made on Dec. 10 and around the same time. Health Canada is expecting to give approval for that product.
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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was again questioned by Scott Moe, the premier of Saskatchewan and the opposition parties in the House of Commons over his government's efforts to buy and distribute COVID-19 vaccines, media reports said.
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"I was very concerned and frankly, quite troubled to hear the prime minister's comments yesterday that Canada may be at the back of the line when it comes to receiving a vaccine," Moe said.
On Tuesday, Trudeau said that his government has signed contracts with seven companies to provide Canada with more than 350 million doses of vaccines, ensuring a supply from whichever vaccine is proven to work, but Canada lacks the ability to manufacture a vaccine the way the U.S., U.K. and Germany do.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc told virtually to Power & Politics Nov 25 that, contingent on regulatory approval, Canada will start to receive coronavirus vaccine doses in January 2021.
Trudeau blamed the Conservatives for Canada's inability to produce COVID-19 vaccines domestically.