The news comes as the winter Covid-19 surge rages across the country, where the virus has claimed over 320,000 lives and is on course to be the third-leading cause of death for the year.
Howard Zucker said in a statement Saturday that officials received reports that Parcare Community Health Network may have fraudulently obtained the vaccine and "transferred it to facilities in other parts of the state in violation of state guidelines and diverted it to members of the public".
But large-scale inoculations for residents and staff in France's 7,000 elderly care homes will not begin until early 2021.
Around 183,800 doses of the single-dose Moderna vaccine should arrive by the end of December.
The Moderna vaccine will require storage at -20 C. The vaccine will be easier for local public health authorities to administer in rural settings of the province than the Pfizer vaccine, which requires storage at -70 C. The Pfizer vaccine has so far been administered to health-care workers and long-term care home staff out of one central location at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown. Those figures include some people who have already taken a second dose.
Laurie Blankenship, Park City Hospital's pharmacy director, holds some of the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine that arrived at the hospital on Wednesday.
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He warned that within days the number of daily positive cases recorded in SA will surpass that of the peak during the first wave. Since then, more than 50 countries, including India, have imposed travel restrictions on the UK.
In Bulgaria, where vaccine hesitancy also runs high, the first person to get the shot will be Health Minister Kostadin Angelov, who has promised an aggressive campaign to promote the benefits of the shots.
The company said it plans to run tests to confirm the vaccine's activity against any strain.
Administration of the vaccine began 10 days ago, amid an unprecedented rise in cases across the nation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is limited data available on the safety of the vaccine for people who are pregnant.
German pharmaceutical company BioNTech is confident that its coronavirus vaccine works against the new United Kingdom variant, but further studies are needed to be completely certain.