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Canadians should take whichever vaccine is offered to them first, says Trudeau

By Beatrice Paez      

The prime minister says Canada's portfolio of vaccines is 'extremely heavily weighted towards Moderna and Pfizer.'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is expected to receive five million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine. The government has ordered 44 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine and is expected to receive 40 million doses from Pfizer. It has the option to order up to 76 million doses from Pfizer. Canada also ordered 20 million from AstraZeneca. Overall, through the vaccine deals signed, including for those yet to be approved, Canada has ordered up to 400 million doses. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians should be prepared to take the COVID-19 vaccine that is offered to them first amid renewed concerns about the potential risks associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine for certain age groups. 

Beatrice Paez

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


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