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Ontario bracing for 1.5M doses of Pfizer vaccine by end of April, Moderna shipment delayed

Last Updated Mar 30, 2021 at 4:16 pm EDT

Michelle Valiquet is inoculated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine by pharmacist Manoj Gajera at a pharmacy in Kingston, Ontario on Thursday, March 18, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues across Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

Ontario’s government is providing a clearer look at what the province can expect in terms of vaccine shipments until the end of April.

According to the government’s latest delivery timeline, Ontario has secured just over 933,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine as of Monday and in the weeks ahead, they’re expecting approximately 1,584,520 additional doses through April 26.

As of March 22, the government says the province has obtained around 322,000 doses of Moderna’s vaccine, confirming that the latest round of deliveries is delayed until April 12.

Barring another setback, Ontario should get 303,100 doses on that date, followed by over 448,000 doses by April 19.

Moderna’s delay is significant following the Ford government’s initial rollout plan in early March that suggested the drugmaker was going to rapidly ramp up production and subsequent distribution throughout Canada and Ontario.

The vaccine supply shortage forced York Region to close three vaccination clinics.

York said the clinics – including Canada’s Wonderland site that opened Monday – would close from April 2 to 5 due to delayed Moderna vaccine shipments.

Premier Doug Ford blamed the shortage issue on the federal government.

“We’re putting these mass vaccination centers up, a ton of effort, a ton of resources, a ton of people going there, and all of a sudden, bang, now we have to close it down again, up at Wonderland,” Ford said in the legislature on Tuesday.

Finally, the province accrued just over 194,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine which has since been distributed to a number of pharmacies across certain regions.

On Tuesday, Ontario secured 583,400 thousand additional doses of the treatment that are awaiting Health Canada approval.


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A spokesperson for the Premier says that details regarding Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine have not been provided.

However, on Tuesday, Procurement Minister Anita Anand confirmed that Canada is expecting its first delivery of the J&J vaccine at the end of April.

That could then lead to Ontario rolling out the latest vaccine sometime in May, barring delays.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier Tuesday that Pfizer is moving up the delivery date for five-million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.

Pfizer has already committed to deliveries of one million doses a week in April and May, but Trudeau says the drugmaker is accelerating shipments.

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is recommending a pause on AstraZeneca vaccinations for people under 55 due to safety reasons.

The NACI will advise provinces to stop giving the vaccine to anyone under that age group, following Prince Edward Island’s lead after they halted the shot for those aged 18 to 29 early on Monday.

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