Toronto (AP)-The first COVID-19 vaccine vials packed in many freezers have arrived in Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a photo of them unloaded from the plane late Sunday. Canadian health regulators approved a vaccine manufactured by US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German BioNTech last Wednesday.
The vaccine is bound to 14 distribution sites nationwide.
Quebec is expected to be the first state to receive the vaccine, saying it is ready to start vaccination of residents of two long-term sanatoriums as early as Monday.
Many of Canada’s first 30,000 vaccinations are expected to cross the border on Monday.
The Government of Canada recently amended its contracts with Pfizer and BioNTech to allow up to 249,000 doses this month.
Despite the arrival of the vaccine vial, Trudeau urged Canadians to continue wearing masks, avoid rallies, and download a government app that tells users if they have contacted someone who tested positive. It was.
“This is good news,” Trudeau said. “But the fight against COVID-19 isn’t over. Stay on the alert more than ever.”
Promising development is underway as the coronavirus continues to proliferate in many parts of the world.
Canada has contracts with six other vaccine manufacturers and is currently considering three vaccines, including one by Moderna, which Canada’s health authorities said could soon be approved.
Canada has ordered Canadians to take more doses than they need, but the government plans to donate excess supplies to poor countries.
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First shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Canada
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