A caregiver for the elderly from Ontario and an octogenarian from Quebec became the first people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in
Canada on Monday, after the arrival of the first shipment of the vaccines on Sunday. The moment when Anita Quidangen was inoculated at Toronto Hospital as part of the country's vaccination campaign, less than a week after it gave the green light to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, was broadcast.
At the Rekai Centre, a nursing home employee told reporters that she was excited to be the first person to receive the coronavirus vaccine in Canada. Another woman, Gisele Levesque, 89, was inoculated minutes earlier at a retirement home in Quebec City, although the moment was not shown on television, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube said.
Canada's Fight with Coronavirus is Not Over, says the PM
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrated the "good news" but recalled on his Twitter account that the "But our fight against COVID-19 is not over" Trudeau added that the Canadians need to be more vigilant than ever.
Meanwhile, the other provinces "will be in a position to administer vaccines in the coming days," he told the CBC channel this Sunday. Dany Fortin is in charge of the distribution of the treatment in Canada.
This country will receive 249,000 doses of the vaccine this month and ordered 20 million vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech while it was still in the development phase, with the possibility of purchasing an additional 56 million doses.
The product, which was shown to be 95 percent effective in clinical trials, is governed in two doses 21 days apart. Canada registers 466,743 cases of coronavirus and more than 13,500 deaths as of December 14.