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Second dose: the federal government asks the provinces to respect the vaccination schedule

OTTAWA | The federal government once again urges the provinces to respect the vaccination schedule provided by the manufacturers, while Quebec wishes to delay the second injection.

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“They (the manufacturers) are concerned when they find that vaccines are not being used, that they remain in freezers (…). They would like all regions to follow the science-based recommendations, ”Anita Anand, Federal Minister of Public Services and Procurement, said today.

On the recommendation of the National Institute of Public Health (INSPQ), Quebec plans to postpone the injection of the second dose to the most vulnerable until March.

In the opinion of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, the two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine should be administered no more than six weeks apart, its president, Dr. Caroline Quach, said this morning. -Thanh, at the microphone of Radio-Canada.

This corresponds to the WHO recommendation of stretching the rubber band for up to 42 days between the two doses, based on the available evidence.

Pfizer and Moderna recommend 21 and 28 days.

Minister Anand recalled that compliance with the manufacturers’ vaccination schedule has an impact on its ability to negotiate with them the rapid delivery of more vials.

“It is important to respect the planned vaccination schedule and the more this is respected the stronger my position for negotiation is,” she said.

Ottawa announced this morning that Pfizer will speed up delivery of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine with an additional 20 million doses starting in the second quarter.

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