Ottawa: Canada will donate nearly 18 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to poorer countries, but is keeping millions of extra doses of mRNA vaccines for potential boosters as the World Health Organization is urging more generosity to stamp out COVID-19 around the globe.
“While Canadians continue to lead the world in vaccine administration, we know that the picture is very different in many places around the world,” Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Monday. “We also know that this pandemic will not end until it ends everywhere.”
She said that after talking to the provinces, the federal government determined these vaccine doses were excess supply, as demand for the AstraZeneca vaccine had been met. She said Canada will donate 17.7 million doses that were supposed to flow into Canada from the United States through an advance purchase agreement with AstraZeneca.
By Stephanie Taylor
The Canadian Press