The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau approves the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It has brought the country ‘one step closer to defeating Coronavirus’
As per an official report – Canada is getting a vaccine to prevent Coronavirus as the Drug and Health Regulator of the country has approved the Johnson & Johnson shot which generally works with only one dose instead of two.
Dr Supriya Sharma, Health Canada’s Chief Medical Adviser says that health experts of the country are eager for a one-and-done option to speed-up the vaccination process. Also, Canada has approved a few other vaccines from Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Health Canada, and Moderna.
Canada Doesn’t Have Covid 19 Home Production
Just like many other countries, Canada does not have its productions and has struggled with a shortage of vaccines. The United States of America is not transporting locally made vaccines. Hence, Canada is forced to get Covid-19 vaccines from Asia and Europe just like other US neighbours.
Canada has already purchased 10 million Johnson & Johnson doses and still in a plan to buy 28 million in the coming days.
Johnson & Johnson Usefulness
The US already has approved the J&J vaccine last month. The American Food and Drug Administration said Johnson & Johnson vaccine is useful against hospitalisations, serious illness, and death. They also added that one dose of the vaccine is 85% protective against COVID-19 illness.
The shortage of vaccine is acute in Canada that local governments are ready to extend the interval between the two doses of Moderna and AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine to four months instead of four weeks. This is so that people can inoculate more.
Citizens with 80 years or above will vaccinate this month. Moreover, the National Advisory Committee said that giving the dose at four months of the interval would allow about 80 percent of Canadians with the age of 16+ to receive a single dose by the end of June. Second doses will be given in the month of July when additional shipments arrive.