Statement from the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, on Moderna Vaccine Delivery
Ottawa, Ontario, January 29, 2021
COVID-19 vaccine production from approved suppliers remains in its early stages and is therefore volatile throughout the world as suppliers strive to achieve peak production of this new technology. While suppliers significantly ramp up their production lines, volatility in global supply chains is expected to continue during this quarter before settling in quarter 2.
Canada’s contracts are based on quarterly deliveries, and we have been assured by vaccine suppliers that their quarterly deliveries remain on track and that Canada will meet its target of 6 million doses from approved suppliers by the end of March. Estimated weekly delivery schedules are provided by companies for planning purposes only and are passed on to provinces and territories for this reason. Delivery schedules are subject to change until vaccine suppliers confirm final numbers closer to actual delivery dates.
As the Prime Minister mentioned this morning, the federal government was informed yesterday that there will be a temporary reduction affecting many countries, including Canada, for the next shipment of the Moderna vaccine, which is scheduled to arrive next week. Moderna will send doses to Canada, and we will receive approximately 78% of the forecasted number of doses next week.
This change does not impact the quarterly deliveries under contract as a whole. Moderna has confirmed that Canada will receive the full quarter 1 allocation of 2 million doses by the end of March. Canada remains on track to receive a total of 6 million doses this quarter and remains on track to receive vaccines for all Canadians who choose to be vaccinated by the end of September.
Public Services and Procurement Canada
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