The first vaccine’s approval marks the start of the top of the coronavirus crisis in Canada. Health Canada first approved the coronavirus vaccine on December 9, 2020. This suggests Canada can now launch the most important vaccination campaign in its history.
Approval was provided to a COVID-19 vaccine devised by Pfizer and BioNTech.
Health Canada released a handout saying, “The vaccine is supported by evidence that it’s safe, effective and of excellent quality.”
Pfizer-BioNTech imposes several terms and conditions on the supply of Health Canada:
- Monthly safety monitoring reports with information on side effects.
- Additional data on drug safety and efficacy, including final data from current clinical trials
- Further quality data confirming that there are procedures and regulations in situ to make sure that appropriate quality vaccines are produced
According to the CBC, Canada is the third country to acknowledge the vaccine after the UK and Bahrain.
In a tweet, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that 30,000 doses of the vaccine were expected to arrive in Canada and will reach 249,000 doses by the top of 2020. The Prime Minister is predicted to receive millions more in early 2021.
Canada leads the planet within the number of COVID-19 vaccines received on a private basis. In total, Canada has signed agreements with 7 companies and received 414 million doses of vaccines, consistent with CTV.
The other three manufacturers have now reviewed their vaccines for Health Canada approval.
Canada initially enjoyed success in ranking the coronavirus curve within the summer but has since seen its COVID-19 case numbers accumulate across the country, leading to new locks. It saw 430,000 cases and 13,000 deaths during the crisis.
Canada’s immigration system has been active throughout the epidemic, and therefore the country expects to regain its newcomers’ status following the epidemic. Yesterday, Canada hosted another major express entry draw, inviting 5,000 successful candidates to use for permanent residency status. 2020 marks the primary time Canada has invited 100,000 express entry candidates since the introduction of Express Entry in 2015.
In late October, Canada announced its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. It seeks to welcome the progress of quite 400,000 immigrants a year in an attempt to catch up on the low number of latest arrivals during epidemics. High immigration may be a policy that Canada supports its economic process in light of its aging population and low birth rate.