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Vaccine distribution ramping up as 11% of Canadians get first shots

Last Updated Mar 25, 2021 at 2:03 pm EDT

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
Summary

Canada has surpassed the 10% mark of residents over 18 who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine


More than 11% of the country's adult population is now at least partially protected from the virus


Officials say a total of six million doses have been delivered to the provinces so far


The federal government says COVID-19 vaccine distribution will steadily increase in the coming weeks as Canada hits an important milestone.

Deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, says the country has surpassed the 10 per cent mark of residents over 18 who have received at least one shot.

More than 11 per cent of the country’s adult population is now at least partially protected from the virus.

But Njoo warns that’s not enough to stop the spread, as more transmissible variants continue to pose a “significant threat” until more people are vaccinated.

Officials say a total of six million doses have been delivered to the provinces so far.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander in charge of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, says two million doses are set to be delivered next week — for a total of eight million by the end of March.