The promise of a future COVID-19 vaccine in Canada is shaping up to be a reality in the coming months. In Ontario, though, only a fraction of the province’s population will receive the first batch.
Health Minister Christine Elliot provided the details during Wednesday’s cabinet question period.
She said Ontario is set to receive 1.6 million of the Pfizer and 800,000 of the Moderna vaccines by spring of 2021.
PFIZER AND MODERNA VACCINES COMBINED
Ontario currently has a population of approximately 14.6 million people.
This means that, based on Elliott’s statement, just over 15% of the province will receive the vaccine in early 2021.
Canada will be receiving 4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 2 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine between January and March, according to Elliott.
The Canadian government is currently looking to hire a distribution company capable of getting the vaccine out to millions of people quickly.
Moderna’s vaccine is said to be 94.5% effective against COVID-19, based on preliminary data, whereas Pfizer’s is up to 90% effective.