Canada has donated over 750,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses internationally since late summer – CBC

Ottawa also plans to donate 40M doses via the COVAX vaccine-sharing program

Oct 08, 2021

Canada donated over three-quarters of a million doses of its surplus AstraZeneca vaccines to Caribbean and South American countries over the last two months, and plans to donate more doses from its stockpile of mRNA vaccines in the coming weeks.

While Health Canada found the AstraZeneca vaccine to be safe and effective, most Canadians now receive one of the mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization said last May that the mRNA vaccines were “preferable” because of the risk of rare, but serious, blood clots in some AstraZeneca recipients.

That left Canada with a significant inventory provinces were no longer using.

International Development Minister Karina Gould’s office says 762,080 AstraZeneca doses were delivered to six countries late this summer.

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