Canada will be receiving at least 55 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of July with the announcement that Moderna will be sending seven million doses to the country in June.
Procurement Minister Anita Anand announced on Wednesday that, for the first time, these Moderna doses will be coming from the U.S. and shipments will begin next week.
The deliveries should mean Moderna delivers 11.2 million doses in the second quarter, in the range of the 10.3 to 12.3 million doses it had previously promised.
The company has, however, not provided a specific delivery schedule yet for when the doses will arrive.
Overall, Anand said Canada should have enough vaccine delivered for 80 per cent of eligible Canadians to be fully vaccinated by the end of July.
“Based on confirmed deliveries alone, Canada is set to receive at least 55 million doses by the end of July,” Anand said. “That is the minimum.”
Canada is expecting 12 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine in June and another nine million in July.
Anand said a total of 31 million doses have already been delivered to the provinces and over 27 million have been administered. Second doses of the vaccine are also ramping up across the country with just over 8.7 per cent of Canadians fully vaccinated.