Canada became the third country to give the green light for the use of the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech yesterday, ahead of the United States. Only the UK and Bahrain were faster. The historic authorization signals the start of the largest vaccination operation ever conducted in the country. This is the route that the vaccine will take, from Belgium to the first Quebec patients.
The journey of the first 35,000 doses expected in Canada begins in principle tomorrow. The shipment will leave Puurs, Belgium, where the vaccines are produced. The boxes specially designed to keep the vials at very low temperatures will first make their way to Cologne, Germany, where they will be loaded onto a UPS Airlines aircraft. The precious cargo will then transit through the company’s head office in Louisville, Kentucky, some 1,500 km from Montreal. Packages are expected in Canada this weekend, and will be delivered to vaccination points on Monday, after a total journey of 36 hours.
IN TWO CHSLDs
Fourteen vaccination points were chosen nationwide. In Quebec, it is the patients of the CHSLD Maimonides, in Montreal, and Saint-Antoine, in Quebec, who will be the first to be inoculated. The vaccination operation should start on Tuesday or Wednesday. Over 200 vaccination sites will be added over the weeks across the country. The provinces will receive doses based on their population.
MINOR SIDE EFFECTS
The side effects observed in clinical trials on 44,000 people were mild to moderate and harmless to health: pain at the injection site, chills, fatigue and fever. Severe side effects are possible, but rare. It could notably be an allergic reaction, like what has been observed in the UK. People who are allergic to any component of the vaccine should not take it.
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