No dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will finally arrive on Canadian soil next week.
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Major General Dany Fortin, who is responsible for the logistics of vaccination for the federal government, said on Tuesday. He said he had been informed that same morning.
Instead, Ottawa expected to receive 25% of its scheduled doses in the week of January 25. He will eventually have to deal with zero.
The American pharmaceutical company announced on Friday that it was temporarily reducing its production capacity in order to carry out expansion work at its facilities in Belgium.
This will cut, on average, by half the shipments of its vaccine that Canada was due to review over the next four weeks.
Major General Fortin said the effect will be minimal this week, noting that 82% of the doses that were planned will arrive in the next few days.
Figures for February were yet to be confirmed, but Ottawa expects deliveries to increase significantly from the second half of this month.
While the effects will be felt for three to four weeks in Canada, countries in Europe will only be affected for one week.
In this regard, Supply Minister Anita Anand said she is in constant communication with Pfizer. She said she was arguing for a return to normalcy as soon as possible.
“I insisted on the principle of fair treatment,” she said.