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AstraZeneca vaccine approval to give Canada ‘greater flexibility’ in distributing doses widely, says health official

By Beatrice Paez      

Procurement Minister Anita Anand suggests the latest approval marks a vindication of the 'diversification' strategy the government settled on as it moved to negotiate deals with seven 'leading' vaccine manufacturers.

Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical adviser with Health Canada, pictured in December 2020, cautions against placing too much emphasis on the efficacy rate of the AstraZeneca vaccine. She says a key metric of a vaccine's benefits is whether it reduces or eliminates the likelihood of hospitalization and death due to the virus. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Health Canada’s approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Friday will give Canada “greater flexibility” in distributing supplies more widely across the country once it starts to receive the more than 20 million doses on order, say federal officials.

Beatrice Paez

Beatrice Paez is the digital editor at The Hill Times.
- bpaez@hilltimes.com


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