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Trudeau hails Canada’s improved vaccination rate as questions swirl over shipping of Moderna doses

Prime Minister congratulates Canadians for rolling up their sleeves as our immunization rates skyrocket, but it remains to be seen if Moderna will meet its delivery target because this drug maker is seeking approval for its injection for children.

During the regular COVID-19 briefing, Justin Trudeau praised the push by Canadians to get vaccinated, saying more than half of our total population had received at least one dose.

“We now rank third in the G-20 for doses administered per capita,” the Prime Minister said on Tuesday.

“It’s clear that working together as one great Canadian team is paying off.

But there are still many questions about vaccine delivery when it comes to Moderna.

The Prime Minister cannot say how many doses we will receive next month, only revealing that there will be millions of them as Canada still awaits a confirmed delivery schedule from the company.

Moderna owes us at least 6.7 million doses at home by the end of June. It comes as mRNA drugmaker says trials started using his vaccine in children as young as 12 years old.

The company maintains its data showing that when the vaccine is used in children 12 to 17 years old, the efficacy is 93% with one shot and 100% after the second dose.

Two weeks after two doses of the Moderna vaccine, 3,700 preteens and adolescents in clinical trials have not developed any cases of COVID-19.

Moderna acknowledges that the numbers could change and the data still needs to be peer reviewed, but it will make requests to Canada and the United States to expand eligibility.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has said that ahead of the long weekend, we are seeing a sharp and steady decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases.

Dr Theresa Tam says data following Victoria Day weekend will tell us if the trend continues. She says the latest seven-day average of fewer than 5,000 cases per day is 40% lower than the peak in mid-April.

“With four and a half million doses of COVID-19 vaccine delivered ahead of the long weekend, and Canadians continue to roll up their sleeves as immunization clinics expand across the country, our fastest-changing trend is – fortunately – our immunization coverage, ”Tam said on Tuesday.