OTTAWA – Following the lead of other countries, the federal government has purchased early access to two of the leading candidates for a COVID-19 vaccine.
The government announced Wednesday they had placed orders with Pfizer and Moderna, two of the companies with candidates in the third and final stage of clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines, which could be ready by the end of the year.
Procurement Minister Anita Anand said she was pleased to have reached deals that will give Canadians access to the vaccines, provided they are successful, in 2021.
“We are extremely pleased to be among the first countries to establish these agreements,” she said.
Anand said the government has secured millions of doses, but didn’t specify exactly how many, what they would cost or when in 2021 they would be delivered. Anand said the government will make those details public in time, but for now it can’t because of ongoing negotiations with other suppliers.