Millions of COVID-19 doses to expire this year in Canada. How will they be used? – GLOBAL

April 13, 2023

At least 19 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines are set to expire by the end of the year in Canada, according to data received by The Canadian Press.

The federal central inventory currently has 18.5 million doses in stock, with 16.8 million of those bearing 2023 expiry dates, the Public Health Agency of Canada said.

There are more than eight million additional doses in provincial and territorial stockpiles, according to data provided by ministries and departments of health across the country.

Those numbers show more than two million of the provincial and territorial doses will expire by the end of the year.

However, that’s likely an underestimate because Ontario, New Brunswick and P.E.I. did not disclose the proportion of their doses that would expire by year-end. Ontario alone has 4.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in its supply.

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