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Federal contracts set to deliver 100 million doses of vaccine per year for years

Federal contracts set to deliver 100 million doses of vaccine per year for years

Federal COVID-19 vaccination contracts mean Canada should receive enough doses to administer two or three additional mRNA injections to every Canadian, each year, until at least 2024.

But even as the National Advisory Committee on Immunization now suggests that some Canadians line up for their fourth dose, the World Health Organization is warning that “repeated booster doses of the original vaccine lineup” are not. not a sustainable plan to end the pandemic.

The WHO vaccine technical committee said today vaccines need to become more effective to deal with emerging variants.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that there will be third and fourth booster doses available in this country if or when they are needed.

Contracts signed last year call for the delivery of up to 65 million doses of Pfizer and 35 million Moderna this year, followed by 60 million Pfizer and 35 million Moderna in each of the next two years.

More than three in four Canadians have already received their first two doses, and more than one in four have already received a booster shot as Canadian health officials attempt to phase out the Omicron variant.

The variant goes beyond the original vaccines but usually does not cause serious illness, even in those who received only the first two doses.

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