CANADA NEWS: The first batch of Pfizer coronavirus vaccines arrived in Canada

“The first batch of doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in Canada,” Trudeau told Twitter on Sunday night above a photograph of a cargo plane that appeared to be used to deliver the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German BioNTech SE.

The first Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Canadian soil on Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, with some Canadians expected to roll up their sleeves for a quick shot on Monday.

Canada and the United States were set to become the first Western nation this week after the UK began vaccinating with a recently approved vaccine.

“The first batch of doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in Canada,” Trudeau told Twitter on Sunday night above a photograph of a cargo plane that appeared to be used to deliver the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German BioNTech SE.

The first 30,000 doses will go to 14 locations across Canada. People most at risk, including seniors in long-term care facilities and health workers, will be the first to line up for the shooting.

Vaccines left Belgium, where they were manufactured, on Friday, to Germany and the United States before being distributed and shipped to different parts of Canada.

“The aim here is to ensure that we continue to receive anti-retroviral treatment in the coming weeks,” with 249,000 doses expected to expire by the end of the year, Major-General Dany Fortin, who oversees the distribution of vaccines, told Canadi Broadcasting Corp earlier in the day.

While it is “good news” that the vaccine has arrived, Trudeau said: “Our war with the Covid-19 is not over yet.”

Predicting the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in the middle of the second wave, Canadian health officials said on Friday that states had imposed a number of health restrictions on holidays.

The country has 460,743 cases of Covid-19 cases confirmed, and 5,891 new cases were reported on Sunday. On Friday, health officials said Canada could see 12,000 new cases a day in January.

The highly contagious respiratory disease has claimed 13,431 lives in Canada, including 81 on Saturday.

‘Recovery Bridge’

“While there is still a long way to go, this marks the beginning of our recovery bridge,” Procurement Minister Anita Anand told Twitter on the arrival of the vaccine.

Canada is expected to accept a second vaccine from Moderna Inc “soon” and the country will be ready to accept its delivery by the end of the week, Fortin said earlier.

Supriya Sharma, senior medical advisor at Health Canada, said at CBC the review of the modern vaccine is still underway and that important details are expected by the end of this week.

He also issued a directive on the possibility of a physical altercation with Pfizer shooting after reports of two such incidents on the first day of a vaccination in Britain.

On Saturday, Canada said anyone with a drug allergy should not take the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.

“If you have allergies to the drug or the vaccine or any of the vaccine items, you should not get it,” Sharma said. “But if you have other allergies, you can continue to be vaccinated.”

Health officials in Canada will be looking at people who have been vaccinated against side effects or side effects, he said.

Officials say they expect to receive six million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines before the end of March. Each vaccine requires two doses, given about three weeks apart.

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