Latest shipment of vaccines means enough for every eligible Canadian to get vaccinated

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Published August 12, 2021 at 3:35 pm

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The government of Canada has officially procured enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate every Canadian.

Between December 2020 and March 2021, when vaccines initally became available, the Canadian government was able to acquire 9 million doses, 50 per cent more than the expected amount of 6 million.

Then, between April 2021 and the end of June 2021 the government acquired another 50 million doses.

On Thursday (August 12), Adam van Koeverden, MP for Milton, announced, with the latest shipment of vaccines, Canada has officially received 66 million doses of vaccines—enough to fully vaccinate every eligible Canadian.

“The Government of Canada has worked extremely hard to deliver vaccines to Canadians as fast as possible, and now has enough doses for every eligible person in Canada. This milestone was made possible by the immense efforts of dedicated public servants, who have worked around the clock since day one in a relentless push to keep us protected,” van Koeverden said in a news release.

Additionally, due to the fact they are no longer approved by Health Canada, the government has donated 17.7 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX Facility to help meet international needs.

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