National Post (National Edition)

7.1M doses arriving this week


OTTAWA • The federal government is expecting to receive about 7.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week, as it adjusts its distributi­on strategy amid waning vaccinatio­n rates and substantia­l supply.

The deliveries will include about 3.1 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and four million Moderna doses.

“In the coming weeks, we will cross a symbolic threshold of 66 million doses, signalling that there are enough doses in Canada to vaccinate every currently eligible Canadian,” Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie said Thursday at a virtual news conference.

Brodie, who is overseeing the distributi­on of COVID-19 vaccines across the country, said Canada is moving to a “more nuanced” approach as the supply of doses is on the verge of outstrippi­ng demand.

More than two million doses of vaccine are already being held back because provinces have said they can't use them yet, she said.

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