Ford notified to expect delays in shipments of AstraZeneca vaccines

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The following statement has just been issued by the PMO’s office today, shortly after learning that there may be delays with two shipments of AstraZeneca vaccines from the federal government which the province was expecting later this month and in May. The possible reasons for the anticipated delays was not made clear.

“In addition to the delayed and cut Moderna shipments, the Premier was notified today by our officials to be prepared for delays to two shipments of AstraZeneca expected from the federal government later this month and next.

As we look to expand our rollout of AstraZeneca to younger age groups and into more pharmacies, any delays to vaccine shipments would be devastating for Ontario right now as we battle the third wave of this pandemic. While we seek to confirm this information, the Premier is redoubling his efforts to secure more vaccines by directly reaching out to our international allies for any available supply.

As part of that outreach, he has already spoken with Canada’s ambassador to Denmark and the Consulate General of the United States, both of whom are advancing our request to purchase any additional supply of AstraZeneca to their respective administrations. Our officials have already reached out to Norway’s ambassador, and the Premier will be speaking to the EU ambassador to Canada as well as the High Commissioner of India later today to ask for any extra AstraZeneca vaccines.

The Premier will continue exhausting every option available to secure more vaccines sooner so that we can put this pandemic behind us once and for all.”

This news comes on the heels of an earlier announcement by the province that the age eligibility for AstraZeneca immunizations was being lowered from 55 to 40 starting tomorrow, Tuesday April 20.

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  1. The feds need to get off their butts and engage the Canadian academic/research areas and start getting an idea what we need for national production so when the next emergency comes, we’re not left begging for scraps…

    • The Novovax vaccine plant is opening in the fall and the NRC is opening one also.
      Both deals done by the feds, no thanks to past Conservative governments that sold our facilities off.

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      • I’m hopeful then, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Lots of money being thrown around with nothing to show for it so far.

        We had many years of Chretien then Martin and a whole term of Trudeau with nothing, so stop being partisan. Governments spend as much as they can, governments cut what they can get away with no matter who’s in charge and what colour they wear.

        Bottom line is they got rid of it because Canadian society got lax on the need for it and no one started it back up because it wasn’t a hot issue. it’s a hot issue now.

      • Give your head a shake if you think Trudeau is a hero with this!
        Every government since the 80s shares the blame on this. When Trudeau took power he was warned MULTIPLE times since 2015 about Canada’s inability to respond to a pandemic and did absolutely nothing. Instead he gave away BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars to help other countries start labs. Here we are well over a year into a pandemic worsened by Trudeau’s inaction and now that there are rumours of a spring election Canada is suddenly kicking things into high gear? Too many Canadians are being fooled by this sham of a PM. Trudeau is ultimately responsible for putting us in this position.

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