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Canada's incoming supply of Moderna vaccine slashed in half through end of April

BY The Canadian Press, Apr 16, 2021 8:35 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand listens to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday April 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand listens to a question during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday April 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Procurement Minister Anita Anand says Canada's incoming vaccine supply from Moderna will be slashed in half through the rest of April.

Anand says in a statement that Moderna will ship 650,000 doses of its vaccine to Canada by the end of the month, instead of the expected 1.2 million.

Moderna said the limited supply is due to a ``slower than anticipated ramp up'' of their production capacity.

Anand says the company also told Canada that one to two million doses of the 12.3 million scheduled for delivery in the second quarter may be delayed until the third quarter.

Anand adds the federal government will continue to press Moderna to fulfill its commitments.

Earlier Friday, the Canadian Medical Association called for ``extraordinary'' measures, including sharing provincial health-care resources and dropping the per-capita approach to vaccine distribution, to address the COVID-19 crisis unfolding in several provinces.

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