Health officials in B.C. have launched a new drive to get more second vaccines into arms. The province only recently reduced that window to 13 weeks. Now, it's just eight.
Moderna notes that it will gather data until 12 months after each participant's second dose of the vaccine to continue to assess the vaccine's safety in the long term. Among all those ages 12 and older who are now eligible, roughly 62 per cent have received a first dose, she added.
The Centre on Thursday said that it has been in talks with foreign manufacturers of coronavirus vaccine like Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna since "mid-2020" and has offered them all assistance for supply and manufacture of their shots in India.
Shakespeare made global headlines on December 8 when he received the Pfizer/BioNTech jab at the University Hospital Coventry shortly after 91-year-old Margaret Keenan, who became the world's first person to get the jab at the same hospital. "If you had a Moderna vaccine first, you can receive a Pfizer vaccine for your second dose".
In clinical trials, Moderna showed 94.1 per cent efficacy in preventing COVID-19 two weeks after a second dose, comparable to Pfizer's 95 per cent.
"This is the approach that we will be taking".
Biden orders inquiry into origins of COVID-19
One amendment would block USA funding for virus "gain of function" research and the other would prevent US funding for WIV. Biden in his Wednesday statement said the US would continue to work to ascertain the origins of the pandemic.
Older residents (over 70) and those who have been identified as extremely medically vulnerable will be notified as early as today that they can register for their second dose, which could be administered in a matter of days. She said some people in Ontario had been offered second doses of AstraZeneca because of expiring supply, but said she does not anticipate that being an issue here.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has faced mounting criticism for its failure to secure vaccines for its people as a devastating second wave rips through the vast hinterland.
Brig. -Gen. Krista Brodie, the military officer in charge of vaccine logistics, said last week that Canada may receive fewer doses than originally expected because of ongoing production delays.
Pfizer is a more recognizable name, she says, mostly because of its success marketing previous products including Viagara.
She added that they have enough supply for British Columbians to receive a second dose of AstraZeneca and she's not anxious about expiration dates, meaning people will have time to make a proper decision.
Seven more people have died, for a total of 1,690 since the pandemic began. "The provision has now been further amended to waive off the trial requirement altogether for the well-established vaccines manufactured in other countries", it said.