Health Canada approves Moderna’s updated COVID-19 vaccine – CBC

Shot targets Omicron XBB.1.5 subvariant, deliveries to provinces expected in early October

Sep 12, 2023

Health Canada has approved Moderna’s updated COVID-19 vaccine for all Canadians who are six months of age and older — while two other options for fall shots remain in the regulatory pipeline.

Federal officials announced the approval on Tuesday morning, more than two months after Moderna submitted its new formulation. The mRNA-based shot is monovalent, targeting just the Omicron XBB.1.5 subvariant, which means the vaccine is more tailored to the virus strains currently circulating.

The company told CBC News that its first newly approved doses should arrive in Canada “by tomorrow” and will continue to arrive over the course of the month, while Canadian officials expect deliveries to the provinces will start in October.

“I know we all wish COVID-19 no longer existed, but people are still getting infected, and vaccination continues to be one of the most effective ways to protect ourselves against serious outcomes,” said Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical advisor at Health Canada, during a technical briefing.

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