Pfizer is also moving 400,000 doses scheduled to arrive in the third quarter of the year, into the month of June, according to Anand.
Pfizer makes up nearly 80 per cent of the COVID-19 vaccines administered by Ottawa Public Health since the vaccination program began in December, city statistics show. Comparatively, Moderna accounts for just over 13 per cent, with AstraZeneca doses making up the remainder.
However, OPH received 28,400 Moderna doses on April 11, just over half of its total Moderna allocation to date.
She described the Moderna news as “very disappointing,” and said Canada will “continue to press Moderna and all of our other suppliers to do everything possible to respect their delivery targets and to provide more consistent delivery schedules.”
Anand said that Canada’s first shipment of single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will include 300,000 doses, and arrive the week of April 27, before landing in the provinces at the beginning of May. More substantial J&J deliveries will follow.
Overall, Canada will receive between 48 and 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June, she said.
“Despite the temporary and short-term fluctuations in deliveries from our suppliers, Canada’s vaccination camping, overall, is gaining ground.”
“My team and I will do whatever it takes to ensure that an accelerated flow of vaccines will keep coming into this country,” she later noted.
The Canadian Medical Association is calling for “extraordinary” measures to address the COVID-19 crisis unfolding in several provinces.
The group urged the federal government to consider re-prioritizing its vaccine distribution strategy to focus on urgent areas instead of distributing to provinces on a per-capita basis.
The organization also says provinces should be sharing their health-care resources with areas that are especially hard-hit, including Ontario and Quebec, where intensive care capacity is overwhelmed.
The CMA says further restrictions “must also be considered” in provinces experiencing rapid rates of COVID-19 transmission.
Latest COVID-19 news from Ontario
Public Health Ontario reported 366 new cases in Ottawa, 56 in Eastern Ontario, 15 in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, 13 in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark, and eight in Renfrew County and District Friday.
In terms of active cases, the hardest-hit regions of the province are currently Peel, with 550 cases per 100,000 people, Toronto (456), York Region (365), and Ottawa (348).
Provincewide, 25 more deaths were reported Friday, bringing the number of lives lost to the disease in Ontario to 7,664.
Ontario announced Friday that recreational camping on Crown land is prohibited as part of the stay-at-home measures to fight COVID-19.
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