Federal Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Friday that 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca are expected to arrive in Canada via truck from the United States next Tuesday.
“That’s when (the federal government) is getting the shipment,” Premier Doug Ford’s spokesperson Ivana Yelich tweeted Saturday. “Last time, provinces waited more than week before receiving the doses. We are being told the same will happen again.”
Pharmacies in Toronto, Kingston, and Windsor-Essex have been administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 in a successful pilot project for a number of weeks.
The provincial government has said it plans to add about 700 pharmacy outlets in the next stage, then increase the numbers again to about 1,500 pharmacies across the province.
Premier Doug Ford said pharmacies, both chain operations and independents, are “ready to go.”
Mayor Jim Watson sent a letter to the health ministry on Wednesday, calling for Ottawa to be “urgently prioritized” in the pharmacy delivery project allowing pharmacies to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
Ontario reported 2,453 cases of COVID-19 Saturday — the highest daily tally since January — with Ottawa again making the grim leader board.
There were 115 cases in the capital, Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted in her morning update on the spread of the virus. Ottawa Public Health reports its own figures — which can vary from the provincial totals because due to different reporting times — in the early afternoon.
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