As of yesterday, more than 32 million doses have shipped around the world. The 2 billion doses planned for 2021 are enough to vaccinate 1 billion people under the two-dose regimen.
"Therefore, they would not have contributed to Canada's objective relating to the vaccination of every Canadian who choose to be vaccinated by the end of September 2021".
According to the Health Ministry, some 5,160 vials each containing 10 doses of vaccine are due to arrive in vaccination centres by Wednesday.
However, according to the Procurement Canada, the country "retains the ability to negotiate for additional doses if it chooses to do so". Around 30 million healthcare workers and frontline workers will be vaccinated in the first phase, said Modi. During the week of January 11 to 17, the province will receive another 46,800 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and 34,000 of Moderna.
Today's number is well over the 1.3 billion doses previously mentioned.
"Quantities of both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccine will scale up in February", he said.
The live attenuated vaccine trains the body to recognise the whole virus - as opposed to just the spike protein as with a number of other vaccines - which the USA company believes could be critical as new variants of the virus develop.
The promise for a production boost comes as U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden's team has said he'll distribute more of the available doses of coronavirus vaccines once he takes office, rather than holding back half of existing supply to guarantee the second shots needed to reach maximum potency.