Canada donating 17.7M AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines amid international disparities – Nationwide | Globalnews.ca

2021-07-12 21:18:32

Procurement Minister Anita Anand says the Canadian authorities will donate a complete of 17.7 million extra doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine by way of the COVAX vaccine sharing program.

It comes as international circumstances proceed to spike and after more and more dire warnings from the World Well being Group that nations like Canada should step as much as share extra vaccines to these with out entry.

Public well being officers have reviewed Canada’s vaccination progress and contracts, and deemed these doses “extra,” Anand stated in a press convention on Monday.

“Whereas Canadians proceed to steer the world in vaccine administration, we all know the image could be very completely different in lots of components of the world,” Anand stated.

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Canada has administered roughly three million doses of AstraZeneca, with nearly all of doses administered throughout the nation being the mRNA vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna.

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The contract with AstraZeneca was for a complete of 20 million doses, and there had been a query mark hanging round the way forward for roughly 17 million doses nonetheless beneath contract.

Anand had stated beforehand that the federal government was dedicated to donating extra doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and the inflow of mRNA vaccines during the last two months has turned Canada into a world chief within the tempo of vaccinations.

Anand stated 79 per cent of eligible Canadians have now acquired at the very least one dose, whereas 49 per cent of eligible Canadians at the moment are absolutely vaccinated. The federal government’s vaccine tracker, final up to date on July 9, listed these charges at 78 per cent and 41 per cent, respectively.

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Nevertheless, whereas Canada is racing forward relating to vaccinations, a lot of the remainder of the world nonetheless has no entry to any vaccines and case counts proceed to rise. In response to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Useful resource Centre, there are 186,963,461 international circumstances and greater than 4 million deaths.

WHO Director-Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated final month that in an effort to finish the pandemic globally, 70 per cent of the world’s inhabitants have to be vaccinated by subsequent 12 months.

“We want extra, and we’d like them sooner,” he stated of doses.

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David Morley, president and CEO of UNICEF Canada, echoed these remarks.

“As Canadians, we’ve witnessed first hand the devastating impact the pandemic has had,” Morley stated on Monday alongside Anand and Worldwide Improvement Minister Karina Gould.

“The truth is that this: the pandemic won’t finish for anybody till it ends for everybody.”

Anand stated the deliveries are set to happen “throughout the coming weeks.”

It’s not but clear the place COVAX officers will ship these doses.

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