The “first images” of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on its way to Canada have been released.
The photos, which show the vaccine being processed in Cologne, Germany, were shared by UPS Canada’s Twitter account on December 11.
“We are ready to make one of the most important deliveries in our 45 year history in Canada,” the tweet said.
1st images of the Pfizer vaccine being processed in Cologne, Germany for delivery to select sites in Canada next week. We are ready to make one of the most important deliveries in our 45 year history in Canada. #DeliverWhatMatters pic.twitter.com/CKdCsfOg4T
— UPS Canada (@UPS_Canada) December 12, 2020
Health Canada approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate on December 9. However, the authorization does not apply to those under the age of 16, as it is not yet known how the vaccine affects younger people.
Following reports of reactions in the UK – which was the first country to publicly use the vaccine – Health Canada issued a recommendation that people with certain allergies refrain from getting the vaccine.
“When we do an authorization, it means that we’ve looked at it and the benefits outweigh the potential risks. But, it is still a drug. It’s still a vaccine,” said Dr. Supriya Sharma, a senior medical advisor with Health Canada. “There are potential risks, even if they’re rare.”
Canada has deals with seven vaccine manufacturers, including Pfizer, to procure up to 194 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Health officials have the option to purchase an additional 220 million doses if need be.