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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.