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Almost all Canadians to be vaccinated by Sept. based on COVID-19 vaccine supply

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Jan. 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The federal government says they are still on track to vaccinate almost all Canadians by September despite a delay in deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer.

Maj. Gen. Dany Fortin, the head of Canada’s vaccine rollout, says they still expect to receive four million doses by the end of March.

No vaccines will be delivered next week, but after the first week of Feb., the government is expecting a significant ramp-up in deliveries from Pfizer.

So far, 1.1 million doses have been delivered and distributed across Canada. According to the COVID-19 Tracker Canada project, an initiative founded by a University of Saskatchewan student, 729,640 doses have been administered so far.

By the end of March, the government is expecting three million people to be vaccinated, 13 million by end of June and 35 million by the end of September.