More than 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses now stockpiled in Canadian freezers – CTV

August 11, 2021

OTTAWA — Canada has gone from being desperate for every dose of vaccine it could get to stockpiling millions of them in freezers across the country.

Data on vaccine deliveries, distribution and injections provided by Health Canada and the provinces show almost 22 million doses have been delivered to Canada but not yet used.

That includes a national “reserve” of nearly 10 million doses, and more than 11.7 million doses delivered to provincial and territorial governments that have yet to be administered.

Until early July, Ottawa distributed every dose to the provinces immediately. As vaccine demand slowed and provinces didn’t need as many doses delivered, the federal government started amassing an emergency reserve. That stockpile now stands at 9.8 million doses, more than 13 per cent of the 72 million doses delivered to Canada to date.

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