BRIEF-Canada's PM Trudeau says Moderna vaccine could be approved as soon as next week

Dec 15 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister , in a news conference, says:

* HAS STRUCK DEAL WITH MODERNA TO ENABLE SHIPMENT OF UP TO 168,000 DOSES OF VACCINE BY THE END OF DECEMBER, PENDING REGULATORY APPROVAL

* MODERNA VACCINES WILL FIRST BE DIRECTED TO THE NORTH AND REMOTE COMMUNITIES

* EXPECTS 200,000 MORE DOSES OF PFIZER/BIONTECH VACCINE NEXT WEEK

* MODERNA VACCINE COULD BE APPROVED AS SOON AS NEXT WEEK Source text for Eikon: (Reporting by Steve Scherer)

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