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First lot of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrival in Canada on Dec 13
First lot of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrival in Canada on Dec 13. The first lot of COVID-19 vaccines is scheduled to arrive in Canada on Dec 13, 2020.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said that starting tonight, planes carrying 30,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will land in Canada and be transported to 14 distribution locations across the country. More planes and trucks will cross the border on Monday.
Frontline health care workers and long-term care residents will be vaccinated as early as tomorrow.
The Quebec City Health Department stated that the injection was first started at the Maimonides Senior Center in Montreal. An 89-year-old will be the first person in Canada to receive Pfizer’s BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The “first snapshot” of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer for Canada was also exposed online.
Canada UPS shared several pictures of Pfizer vaccines delivered to Canada on its Twitter account on Friday, December 11, stating that the vaccine doses were ready in Cologne, Germany on Friday, ready to be shipped to designated locations in Canada.
UPS Canada said in a tweet: “We are preparing for the most important delivery product in Canada’s 45-year history.”
A total of 30,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines were delivered this time. It is estimated that another 249,000 vaccines will arrive in Canada by the end of 2020.
The first batch of vaccines left a factory in Belgium on Friday and stopped in Germany and Kentucky.
This week, Dany Fortin, vice president of operations of the Public Health Agency of Canada, responsible for vaccine promotion, said that the first batch of vaccines left Belgium on Friday and is expected to reach 14 distribution locations in Canada in three days.
Pfizer has hired UPS to ship the first batch of vaccines to Canada. Once in Canada, it will be distributed to the final location by road transport.
Since the vaccine needs to be frozen during transportation, it must be thawed and diluted before use. It is expected that the vaccine will not start until one to two days after it arrives in Canada.
Among all the new coronavirus vaccines purchased in Canada, Pfizer vaccines have the highest temperature requirements, and must be kept within the temperature range of -60 C to -80 C before injection.
All vaccines are packed in special boxes with sensors. According to Health Canada, if the box temperature is too high, these vaccines will be invalidated.
At present, every province in Canada has determined at least one initial distribution location. Among them, Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and BC have two locations, mainly hospitals, and injections are performed at the same location. As conditions in various provinces improve, more and more vaccines will begin to arrive. It is expected that as many as 205 locations in Canada will provide Pfizer vaccines.