Authorities planned to send today the 30,000 initial doses to 14 sites throughout Canada after the regulatory body approved on Wednesday past use of the vaccine from the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and the German BioNTech.
The most vulnerable people, including nursing home residents and health workers, will be the first to be vaccinated the Government said.  Canada and the United States became this Monday the first nations in America to begin the process of immunization against the coronavirus as well as the first in the West after the United Kingdom did its own last month
The vaccines left Belgium, where they were produced, on Friday, and then traveled to Germany and the United States before the shipments were separated and sent to different parts of Canada, reported the Canadian public news network CBC.
Trudeau said that the arrival of the vaccine was good news but urged the population to continue wearing masks and avoiding meetings and to download the government application that allows to know if were in contact with some positive for coronavirus.
Health authorities said last Friday that they anticipated an acceleration of the second wave of coronavirus and called on the provinces to adopt more restrictive measures in the final stretch towards the end of the year holidays .
Canada accumulates 460,743 cases of coronavirus after having notified another 5,891 yesterday. The country has so far had 13,451 deaths. On Friday, authorities said cases could reach 12,000 a day by mid-January.