He added that burning the doses was "just a formality" as they had already been destroyed.
Almost one million people in Ontario aged 40 and older have received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
This means more than 50 per cent of Canadians have been administered their first jab.
He also urged for a re-design of the vaccines and medicines production approval system to create a level playing field in processing applications for World Health Organization prequalificatio. There are now 127 active cases in New Brunswick, including 17 New Brunswickers who are outside the province.
The Island has reported a total of 200 infections and no deaths linked to the virus.
The five-day test positivity rate is 14.1 per cent provincially and 16.1 per cent in Winnipeg.
They have identified 66 new cases in the Halifax area, 11 in the province's eastern zone, six in the northern zone and one in the western region.
There are 617 people with COVID-19 in Alberta's hospitals, with 164 of them in intensive care.
Ontario's chief medical officer of health announced this morning that Ontario is proceeding with second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. New daily cases have declined substantially from a peak of around 1,300 in January to seven Wednesday.
"AstraZeneca is one of the vaccines we are using in Canada to fight COVID-19", said Russell.
Hospitalizations, deaths and critical-care admissions are also dropping.
"With the excellent uptake of vaccines in long-term care homes, it is the right time to make this very meaningful change that will benefit residents and their families", Merrilee Fullerton said.
The flight ban that began April 22 was set to expire on Saturday.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says 158,524 shots were administered in Ontario since Thursday's report. It was only Tuesday when Ontario made vaccines available to all adults. The company said in March that it was postponing all exports of coronavirus vaccines to deal with the explosive surge of cases on the subcontinent.
"The continent was expecting 66 million doses through COVAX from February to May, but instead has so far received only 18.2 million", she said.
Ontario is resuming use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 but only as a second dose, as it rushes to use tens of thousands of shots before they expire on May 31.
Pipo wey show to collect vaccine for Malawi low and health workers hope say dis move go ginger public confidence.
The European Medicines Agency, the E.U.'s health regulator, and British health regulators confirmed possible links between AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine and blood clots developed by its recipients in early March.
"This new data highlights the incredible impact that both doses of the vaccine can have, with a second dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine providing up to 90% protection", Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said, Reuters reported.