Canada in agreement to buy 20M more Pfizer vaccines: Trudeau

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that Canada has reached an agreement with Pfizer to buy an additional 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.

Speaking to the media, Trudeau said the agreements with Moderna and Pfizer means Canada will have 80 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines arriving this year.

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“We are on track to have every Canadian who wants a vaccine receive one by September,” he added. “If we can do it even quicker than that, that would be great news. The quicker everyone gets vaccinated, the quicker we’re going to be able to get back to a semblance of normality.”

Trudeau also said that the federal government let, “all provinces and territories know how many vaccines they’ll be receiving every week between now and the end of February.”

Ontario Premier Doug Ford claimed last week that the province was “running out” of COVID-19 vaccine doses, adding that its Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine supply is slated to run dry at the end of this week.

The federal government has published its coronavirus vaccine delivery list, featuring forecasted shipment dates that outline exactly how many doses of each vaccine provinces and territories can expect, and when.

— With a file from Global News’ Rachel Gilmore

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