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By Kait Bolongaro; December 9, 2020, 11:49 AM EST
Canada’s public health authorities approved Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s coronavirus vaccine, the first such authorization in a country that’s secured more doses per person than any other around the world.
“Health Canada has determined that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine meets the Department’s stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements for use in Canada,” the government agency said Wednesday in a statement.
The approval paves the way for Justin Trudeau to begin a government campaign to vaccinate Canadians against Covid-19, which has killed more that 12,800 people in the country so far. The prime minister said last month that a majority the population should be able to get their shots by September.
Canada expects to begin receiving its first batch of 249,000 doses from U.S.-based Pfizer and its German partner next week, partly from their facilities in Belgium. The shots will then be distributed to 14 inoculation sites at urban centers across the country.