Canada on Wednesday became only the third country in the world, after Britain and Bahrain, to approve the vaccine.
“To all Canadians – if you’re feeling relieved and hopeful, you’re not alone. This is the good news we all needed,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday (December 10). “But remember, this is only the first step in what will be a massive project over a long winter.”
The shipments will be sent to 14 special distribution sites across what is the world’s second largest country by area, much of it remotely populated. The military has been drafted in to assist.
Major-General Dany Fortin, who is in charge of the logistics, said the first doses should start to arrive at the sites on Monday.
Canada has so far recorded 435,330 cases of COVID-19, including 12,983 deaths.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU: Yesterday, Health Canada approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as safe and effective. We now have a green light on getting shipments delivered and vaccines out to Canadians.
The first 30,000 doses are expected to arrive on Canadian soil in just a few days. To all Canadians, if you’re feeling relieved and hopeful, you’re not alone. This is the good news we all needed. But remember, this is only the first step in what will be a massive project over a long winter.