"We have millions of doses being delivered into the country each week, and every day more and more people get their first and second shots".
As KFL&A Public Health will be receiving both mRNA vaccine brands, either of these vaccines may be offered at community COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
That commitment falls far short of the 11 billion doses the World Health Organization said is needed to vaccinate at least 70 per cent of the world's population and truly end the COVID-19 pandemic.
The latest purchase also comes just a week after the Biden administration said it planned to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses to almost 100 countries amid concerns of disparity in inoculations between advanced economies and developing countries. The capacity of outdoor gatherings is now 150 people.
"The Atlantic provinces have a similar epidemiology to ours, so we are comfortable easing this restriction next week", she said. It is important to note that youth between the ages of 12 and 17 years of age at the time of their vaccine will only be offered Pfizer, as this is the only vaccine approved by Health Canada for this age group.
Dr. Fitzgerald says the province will reopen to the Atlantic Bubble at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23.
Residents of the Atlantic provinces will need to fill out a form prior to travel, and show identification at their point of entry. "There are less than 1,000 being reported daily in Canada which is tremendous progress".
Business leaders in the United States and Canada have expressed increasing concern about non-essential travel bans in the light of COVID-19, which has been updated monthly since it was first imposed in March 2020.
P.E.I. will open later this month to travellers from Newfoundland and Labrador who have one dose of the vaccine, while New Brunswick hasn't announced its participation.
"As a majority of Ontario adults have received one dose, providing a strong level of protection from #COVID19, we are beginning to accelerate second doses for all Ontarians", Elliott said.