Excerpt from CBC.ca website
Canada expects to have enough doses on hand next year to vaccinate every Canadian that wants a shot by the end of September, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
The statement comes amid confusion over competing information released to reporters last week about vaccination timelines. Some federal documents distributed at a COVID-19 briefing last Wednesday suggested the inoculation campaign would be completed by the “end of 2021,” while other material pointed to the more optimistic September date.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself has floated September 2021 as a date when a “majority” of Canadians might be inoculated. Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, has offered a different estimate, saying that the end of December 2021 would be more likely.
The PHAC now says it believes Canada’s vaccine supply will be sufficient to allow all Canadians wishing to be vaccinated to get their shots by the end of September.
“Based on current data, by the end of Q3 2021, Canada projects having a sufficient number doses to be able to offer a vaccination to every Canadian,” a spokesperson for PHAC said in a statement to CBC News. The “Q3” refers to the third quarter of the calendar year — July, August and September.
Canada has signed purchase agreements with seven different pharmaceutical companies for up to 418 million doses of the various shots under development — an insurance policy against the possibility that some of the vaccines in development prove to be ineffective in clinical trials. Some supplies could also be donated to developing countries.