Federal planning information sent to provinces shows Canada on track for 3.5 million doses, not the four million promised by March.
The federal government is in damage-control mode after reports indicating the country will fall short of the four million vaccine doses by March goal previously promised to Canadians.
According to the data, Canada is expected to have 3.5 million doses by the end of March, 500,000 short of what was promised.
Global News is reporting that some provinces are also saying the shipments have been cut:
“Sources from multiple premiers’ offices told Global News Thursday that data provided to them by federal officials showed that Canada’s goal of four million vaccines by March had been reduced to 3.5 million.
One source told Global News that Alberta’s total shipments under that timeline could be 13 per cent less than previously expected.”
The government is pushing back, claiming these are only ‘minimums’ and that the full shipment will be delivered.
Interestingly, it is believed the government will claim each Pfizer vial has six doses rather than five (it has been shown that six doses can be extracted from vials originally claimed to hold five), which will allow them to say they hit the target even with fewer actual vials.
Also, the government is saying that if Health Canada does not approve the ‘five-to-six’ move, then Pfizer will increase shipments.
At this point however, many are unwilling to give the government the benefit of the doubt, given the increasingly chaotic rollout and the lack of transparency.
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