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With multiple international companies, including Pfizer and Moderna, claiming they have developed effective vaccines for treatment of the coronavirus, there are many questions going around about such vaccinations. Below, we delve into what is actually known about a potential COVID-19 vaccine in Canada.
First and foremost, the federal government of Canada has made clear that COVID-19 vaccines will be free of charge. Once the country reaches a point where vaccines can be distributed, the government is assuring everyone that it will be offered to Canadians for free, to make sure the country is as safe as possible and that everyone has equal access to the vaccine.
Second, the Canadian government has stated that only a vaccine that is proven to be safe and effective will become available in Canada. Although finding a vaccine is an urgent matter, Canada will not compromise its high drug and health standards. They, along with many other countries, are working with the global regulatory committee to make sure the vaccine that Canada distributes is safe for all. Health Canada’s top priority is to review and approve any and all potential vaccines as quickly as possible, while ensuring no stone goes unturned.
Third, the vaccine will be available to everyone, but certain segments of the population will be prioritized first. Canada will not receive enough vaccines for its entire population at once. This means that initially, there won’t be enough for everyone and so the most at-risk portions of the population will be given priority access. Such populations include elderly people over the age of 80, as well as frontline workers, such as nurses and doctors. The specifics about who will receive the vaccine first have yet to be made public, but Canada will be consulting experts, including the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, when making this decision.
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