The federal government says the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine will increase steadily over the coming weeks as Canada crosses the 10% mark of residents over 18 who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
More than 11% of the adult population is now somewhat protected from the Covid19 epidemic.
“To date over 4.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Canada,” said Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Howard Njoo.
“This marks an important milestone with more than 11 percent of eligible adult Canadians over the age of 18 having received at least one dose. This includes 60 percent of people over 80 years old and 19 percent of those aged 70 to 79 years.”
However, Dr. Njoo warns that’s not enough to stop the spread, as more transmissible variants continue to pose a “significant threat” until more people are vaccinated.
So far, a total of 6 million doses have been shipped to the provinces, officials said.
Major General Dany Fortin, the military commander in charge of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, says two million doses are set to be delivered next week – for a total of eight million by the end of March.
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