The first 30,000 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are set to arrive in Canada in a matter of days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters.
On Wednesday Canada became the third country in the world after Bahrain and Britain to approve the vaccine.
"The first 30,000 doses are expected to arrive on Canadian soil in just a few days," Trudeau said on Thursday, a day after health regulators approved the country's first vaccine against the COVID-19, granting the emergency authorization to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine candidate, The federal government will cover the cost of the vaccine, Trudeau added.
“To all Canadians - if you’re feeling relieved and hopeful, you’re not alone. This is the good news we all needed,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
“But remember, this is only the first step in what will be a massive project over a long winter.”
The Prime minister also announced that his government will create a federal vaccine support program to address the unintended adverse effects of vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine.
Canada is expected to receive up to 249,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech before the end of December, which will allow up to 124,500 Canadians to be vaccinated before the end of the year, Trudeau said on Monday.
Public health officials say the plan is to vaccinate 40 to 50 percent of Canadians by next summer and complete the COVID-19 immunization program by September 30, 2021.
Canada has so far reported 435,330 COVID-19 cases and 12,983 fatalities.