Fortin: Canada on track to receive 4M doses of Pfizer vaccine by end of March John Marchesan

Fortin: Canada on track to receive 4M doses of Pfizer vaccine by end of March John Marchesan

The man overseeing the country’s national vaccine rollout says Canada is getting 149,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine over the next two weeks.

That’s only one-fifth of what had been promised before the company slowed production in a bid to ramp up operations in Belgium.

However, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin says he has been assured by Pfizer that Canada will get the 4 million doses promised by the end of March. Fortin says the numbers are calculated using five doses per vial unless Health Canada agrees to change the vaccine label to say every vial contains six doses.

Canada has been saying for several weeks that the shipments would return to normal in mid-February, but Fortin now says Pfizer is sending 335,000 doses the week of Feb. 15, which is still only 91 per cent of the previous delivery schedule.

Earlier in the day Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said the feds had lowered their estimates for total Pfizer vaccines in-hand by end of March from four million to 3.5 million.

But Fortin says Canada had given the provinces more conservative figures for planning purposes.

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