Canada purchases 20 million more doses of vaccines, the most populous province implements “home order”
China News Service, Toronto, January 12 (Reporter Yu Ruidong) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in Ottawa on the 12th local time that the Canadian government has purchased 20 million additional doses of Pfizer and German Biotech. The new coronavirus vaccine jointly developed by BioNTech).
This brings the Canadian government’s order for this vaccine to 40 million doses. In addition, it has been approved by the government and is in the process of inoculating another vaccine from Moderna. The total number of orders for the two vaccines reached 80 million doses, which is enough for everyone in the country to inject two doses.
Trudeau said that he will strive to vaccinate everyone who wants to be vaccinated by September.
Before this additional purchase, Canada has pre-purchased approximately 414 million doses of the new crown vaccine from many pharmaceutical companies around the world. This amount is more than 5 times the demand of its population.
Although the WHO recently called on countries that have ordered more vaccines than they need and control the global vaccine supply to immediately donate or distribute their excess vaccines, Canadian government officials responded to the country’s “Globe and Mail” inquiry. , It’s too early to make any plans to redistribute the surplus vaccines already acquired. A spokesperson for Canada’s Minister of International Development Gould said that the distribution of vaccines in Canada and other countries is still in the early stages, and the issue of excess vaccines in the country is hypothetical. He also said that Canada is currently the second largest donor of the New Coronary Pneumonia Vaccine Implementation Plan (COVAX).
The Canadian government earlier predicted that 6 million doses of vaccine could be received by the end of March this year. But the current vaccine delivery time is a problem. So far, of the approximately 549,000 doses of vaccine distributed by the Canadian federal government to various places, 380,000 doses have been administered. Several provinces have indicated that existing vaccines have been or are about to be exhausted.
The Canadian federal government stated that it is communicating with vaccine manufacturers to speed up delivery. Canadian Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anand said that Pfizer will advance the quota originally scheduled for the third quarter to the second quarter.
p > On December 14, 2020, local time, there were few customers in a shopping mall in Markham, Greater Toronto Area, Canada. Security personnel only allowed people who made an appointment to get in. In response to the current severe epidemic, many places in Canada are continuing to strengthen epidemic prevention and restriction measures. Photo by China News Agency reporter Yu Ruidong
Trudeau also announced that the border restriction order between Canada and the United States will be extended to February 21. In response to the new crown epidemic, the two countries have banned “non-essential cross-border travel” for tourism and leisure purposes from March 21, and trade exchanges will not be affected. The “limited customs clearance” order is updated once a month.
On the 12th, Ontario, the most populous province facing a severe epidemic, announced on the 12th that it will once again enter a provincial emergency that lasts for at least 28 days and will implement a “home order” from the 14th to require people Unless there is a necessary reason, you must stay in the residence. The province will strengthen law enforcement inspections and penalties for this. The resumption of classroom teaching in schools in Toronto and other areas will also be temporarily postponed to mid-February.
Governor Ford warned that the latest model data showed that the province is in crisis and the overwhelmed medical system is on the verge of collapse.
On December 26, 2020, Ontario has implemented a ban on the entire province, restricting people from gatherings, and closing many “non-essential” businesses, but the growth of cases in the province has not been significantly curbed.
The Canadian government revealed on the 11th that it intends to introduce new regulations through legislative means to prevent nationals who make “non-essential” cross-border travel during the epidemic from receiving various relief subsidies.
As of the evening of January 12, Canada has reported a total of more than 674,000 cases, with an increase of 6,294 in a single day; about 576,000 cases have recovered, 17,233 deaths, and 80,793 active cases. The current test positive rate is 4.3%. In Quebec and Ontario, which account for the highest proportion of cases, the cumulative number of cases is nearly 233,000 and more than 222,000 respectively. Québec has taken the lead in implementing a one-month curfew in the country from January 9. (End)