The first shipment of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Ontario, carrying 50,000 doses.
On Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford announced the vaccine arrived in the province and will be transported to long-term care homes.
“We will start administering it this week, adding to the over 22,000 vaccines Ontario has already administered,” he said.
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is a game changer for Ontario. This vaccine will enable us transport it to our most vulnerable in #LTC homes. We will start administering it this week, adding to the over 22,000 vaccines Ontario has already administered. pic.twitter.com/idPlk0UhYs
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) December 30, 2020
Health Minister Christine Elliott also acknowledged the arrival of the vaccine saying, “as we continue to rollout COVID-19 vaccines, the Moderna vaccine will support our efforts to bring the vaccine directly to our most vulnerable and those who care for them. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
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On Tuesday, General Rick Hillier— head of the province’s vaccine distribution task force—said the province would be receiving 50,000 doses of the vaccine.
He projected that around 8.5 million Ontarians will be vaccinated by the end of June.
On December 14, Ontario received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer.
Cases have been high in the province recently with Thursday’s record-breaking 3,328—the first time cases have been above 3,000.
The total numbers of cases is now 182,159 in the province with 4,530 reported deaths.