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Canada to receive nearly 2 million doses, first shots from Johnson & Johnson this week

Last Updated Apr 26, 2021 at 8:28 am EDT

FILE - This Dec. 2, 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)

The federal government says it expects Canada to receive around 1.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week, including its very first shipment of shots from Johnson & Johnson.

The government says the country will receive about 300,000 of the single-dose jabs in the coming days, in addition to more than 1 million Pfizer-BioNTech shots and around 650,000 doses from Moderna.

But Canada is not currently expecting any more deliveries of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Those doses have been in heavy demand after the eligible age for the shot was dropped to 40-plus in several provinces.

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Federal Public Procurement Minister Anita Anand said last week that Canada is in talks with the U-S for some of its AstraZeneca supply after President Joe Biden suggested it might share the shots.

The U-S has stockpiled tens of millions of AstraZeneca shots, but health officials there have not approved the vaccine for use.

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