It will not be possible to produce vaccines in Montreal before the end of the year, corrects the Minister of Innovation, François-Philippe Champagne.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced earlier this morning that the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) facilities in Montreal will be able to produce up to two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by now the end of this summer.
But, Minister Champagne specifies that, although the construction should be completed at the end of the summer, it will then be necessary to wait for the process of certification of the plant by Health Canada, which can take “a few months”, a- he said.
The government has reached an agreement with the American pharmaceutical company Novavax so that the NRC can produce its vaccine under license.
However, this is not approved in any country for the moment. The company filed for approval with Health Canada on Friday. According to clinical trials, his vaccine is 89% effective. Ottawa has ordered 52 million doses.
The government is also announcing that 40 million doses of vaccine can be produced in Saskatchewan by VIDO-Intervac.
At the same time, Vancouver-based Precision NanoSystems will build a plant capable of manufacturing up to 240 million doses per year.
“Canada will now be in a position to produce vaccines for Canadians,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Minister Champagne however indicated that the VIDO-Intervac facilities will not be operational before the end of the year.
As for those of Precision NanoSystems, it will be necessary to wait until 2023 for them to be able to produce anything, he said.
For the government, it is about being ready not for the current vaccination operation, but to fight against the next variants of COVID-19 and other viruses.
Currently, 85% of vaccines and other pharmaceuticals consumed in Canada are imported.
“Canada must invest in its biofabrication capacity, this is important,” said the Prime Minister.
Ottawa continues to guarantee that all Canadians who wish can be vaccinated against COVID-9 in September, despite the significant decrease in deliveries from European factories of Pfizer and Moderna.
The Prime Minister assures that European protectionist measures will not affect Canadians.
In addition, Justin Trudeau indicated that health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the country will be in place for as long as it takes.
The Prime Minister did not specify a date for the entry into force in connection with the hotel quarantine that will be imposed on travelers, but he hopes to put the measure in motion in the “next weeks” before people leave. travelling.
Asked about possible exemptions from quarantine, the Prime Minister reiterates that this is not the time to go on a trip.