Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed today that Moderna will meet its contractual obligation to deliver 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of March.
Speaking in question period, Trudeau said that the Massachusetts-based firm will send 460,000 doses during the week of March 8 and 840,000 doses starting on March 22 — 1.3 million doses.
That’s in addition to the 518,000 Moderna shots that have been administered already and the 168,000 doses that are set to arrive this week, for a total of roughly 2 million in the first quarter of this year.
In announcing the new Moderna numbers, Trudeau said Canada will receive “even more than promised in the first quarter.” But the government has always maintained that 2 million shots will arrive in the January through March period.
Canada’s other current supplier of vaccines, Pfizer, has confirmed already it is on target to ship 4 million shots by the end of March. All told, there will be enough shots on hand to fully vaccinate 3 million people with a two-dose regime.