Canada donated over 4M Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to COVAX. Today, 784K landed in Egypt – National

Hundreds of thousands of Moderna’s COVID-19 doses donated by Canada to a global vaccine-sharing program have landed in Egypt, government sources say.

Government sources with knowledge of the vaccine schedule say shipments containing millions more COVID-19 vaccines are expected to land in the coming days.

The 784,280 doses, donated through the COVAX Facility, brings Canada’s total contributions to 4,225,760.

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Canada to donate 10M doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to COVAX, Trudeau says

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Saturday at the G20 summit in Rome that Canada is donating 10 million Moderna doses to poorer nations through the COVAX vaccine sharing facility, and will be ramping up its total vaccine contributions to 200 million by the end of 2022.

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“The size of Canada’s commitment of 200 million doses by the end of 2022 is very significant given our size and given the fact that we do not have our own domestic bio-manufacturing capacity,” she said.

“It’s hard to be exactly precise and may be particularly hard for Canada since we’re not manufacturing this stuff ourselves. But let me just say we expect those Moderna doses to be delivered quickly.”

More to come. 

— With files from Global News’ Mike Le Couteur

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