After the United Kingdom and Bahrain, it is Canada’s turn to give the green light to the vaccine from the Pfizer / BioNTech alliance, the Department of Health announced on Wednesday.
“Canada has taken a crucial step today in its fight against Covid-19 with the authorization of the first vaccine against Covid-19,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
The launch of the imminent vaccination campaign
Health Canada ensures that the vaccine of the American-German duo “meets the stringent requirements of the ministry in terms of safety, efficacy and quality for its use in Canada”. “Canadians can be assured that the review process was rigorous and that we have effective control systems in place,” the ministry said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that vaccination of Canadians could begin within days of approval by Health Canada, when he initially planned to start vaccination in the first quarter of next year.
Some 249,000 doses of the vaccine candidate, which has shown 95% efficacy, are expected to arrive in Canada by the end of the month. The first vaccinations should take place “a day or two after” the arrival of the doses, according to General Dany Fortin, responsible for coordinating the distribution of vaccines in 14 centers in the country, the second in the world by area.
The UK was the first country to authorize the vaccine and began a massive vaccination campaign on Tuesday, aimed at caregivers and the elderly so far. Bahrain has also approved the vaccine.