Canada’s well being regulator on Friday approved the usage of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine. The transfer now offers the nation, which has skilled a sluggish begin to vaccinations, 4 inoculations to select from.
“That is nice information,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned at a information convention. He supplied no projected date for the primary deliveries.
Well being Canada officers mentioned that the vaccine has an total effectiveness of 66.9 p.c, a lot decrease than the efficacy charges reached by Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. However it’s much like these vaccines in having a robust means to forestall extreme illness, hospitalizations and loss of life.
The USA and Bahrain have additionally approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Manufacturing delays with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, mixed with comparatively modest preliminary shipments, have led to frustration amongst many Canadians — and put political strain on Mr. Trudeau as Canada’s vaccination price fell far behind that of the USA, Britain and different nations. As of Friday, 2.86 p.c of all Canadians have acquired a minimum of one dose.
Canada has ordered 10 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and has choices for one more 28 million, a mixed quantity that’s barely greater than the nation’s inhabitants.
Relying on its arrival and mixed with the necessity to solely administer a single shot, the brand new vaccine might assist considerably increase the nation’s vaccination price. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine additionally doesn’t require extraordinarily low storage temperatures, because the Pfizer vaccine does, making it simpler to distribute to distant communities in Canada’s north.
Mr. Trudeau mentioned that Pfizer would ship 1.5 million doses, initially scheduled for supply in the summertime, over the subsequent two months. Canada additionally acquired its first cargo this week of a model of the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed by the Serum Institute of India.
The Canadian authorities had initially promised to acquire six million doses of vaccines by the top of March. The brand new Pfizer schedule mixed with AstraZeneca shipments, officers mentioned, will increase that determine to eight million.