During a COVID-19 press conference on Friday, Joelle Paquette, director-general responsible for vaccine procurement at Public Services and Procurement, Canada, announced that the country will receive a shipment of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines by the end of June, but “further detail will be provided once we solidify that.”
It is unclear at this point if the shipment will come from the same U.S. plant that delivered the first batch of 310,000 Johnson & Johnson shots to Canada that were held back due to quality control issues.
“We have the 310,000 [doses] that came earlier, that are still on hold pending health Canada approval. They [U.S.] have advised that they will have a shipment at the end of this month,” Paquette said.
Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie, head of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, also announced that vaccine deliveries to the territories would be completed this week.
“The Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon will have the vaccine supply needed to fully vaccinate their eligible population 12 years of age and up,” she stated.
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