First COVID-19 vaccines for children arrive in Canada – CBC

2.9 million doses are expected by the end of the week

Nov 21, 2021

Canada received its first doses of COVID-19 vaccines for children, with a shipment landing in Hamilton on Sunday evening.

The shots, developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, are meant for kids aged five to 11 and represent a major milestone in this country’s vaccination effort.

The federal government and the pharmaceutical giant have agreed on an accelerated delivery of more than 2.9 million doses, scheduled to arrive in Canada by the end of the week.

The delivery comes just a few days after Health Canada authorized the vaccine for use. Public Services and Procurement Minister Filomena Tassi announced the date for the first delivery on Friday, shortly after Health Canada approved the vaccine.

In an interview on Rosemary Barton Live ahead of the delivery on Sunday, Pfizer Canada’s vaccine lead Fabien Paquette said clinical trials had shown that the vaccine was almost 91 per cent effective at preventing COVID-19 for the targeted age group. Deliveries would be made swiftly across the country this week, he said.

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