What are we getting, as there are different vaccines, and how much are we getting?
Justin Trudeau has "no plan" when it comes to getting COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.
While Sanofi has a vaccine plant in Toronto and GlaxoSmithKline has one in Quebec, both make protein-based vaccines, such as the more familiar ones Canadians get every year for the flu.
"Our government has worked hard to secure tens of millions of doses, so we're prepared once a safe, effective vaccine is ready for Canadians", Trudeau said Tuesday. "Canadians will be able to start being vaccinated", Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc said in an interview on CTV's Power Play. This vaccine similarly spurs the body to generate an immune response that will attack a real SARS-CoV-2 virus in the future and prevent the patient from developing COVID-19.More news: Agudath Israel, Catholic Diocese, Win Supreme Court Appeal Against Gov. Cuomo
Trudeau replied that Canada has the best portfolio of potential vaccine contracts of any country in the world and blamed the Conservatives for Canada's inability to produce COVID-19 vaccines domestically.
Casey said a protein-vaccine maker can't just start making mRNA or viral vector vaccines. Attaran said. That vaccine, developed in partnership with Oxford University, is also among the least complicated to roll-out, because unlike the other vaccines, this one can be stored and transported at normal fridge temperatures. "Yes, they both grow in bottles".
Moe pointed to contracts the federal government signed with pharmaceutical companies in September, where Canada had secured millions of doses.
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Those three companies have all reported positive preliminary results from their final clinical trials, with all three vaccines expected now to successfully complete the trials.
Countries like the USA, U.K., Germany, and Spain have announced aggressive vaccination plans, with the shots expected to be rolled out in mid-December. They have already applied to Health Canada for approval.
Amir Attaran, a professor at the University of Ottawa with the School of Public Health and Faculty of Law, said the Prime Minister's comments are "beyond preposterous" and that while Canada doesn't have the ability to mass-produce a vaccine, it could make enough for vulnerable populations and health care workers. PHAC officials refused to answer this week how many doses are expected initially from AstraZeneca.
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Canada now has enough needles and syringes to administer almost 25 million doses of a vaccine, with more supplies arriving each month, Reza said. While that facility is under construction, the government said at the time that its $44-million spending on upgrades to the current facility there would allow it to manufacture 250,000 vaccine doses a month by November.