Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Pfizer will increase its shipments of vaccines against Covid-19 to two million doses per week from the United States, starting next week.
“This represents another big increase. We will continue to work with provinces and territories to get these doses to Canadians as quickly as possible, ” Trudeau said at a press conference.
Throughout the epidemic, Pfizer was sending doses to Canada from Belgium, when US factories were off the border due to export controls put in place by the administration of former President Donald Trump.
The change will not affect the planned deliveries in Canada in any way, which means that the country is still on track to receive two million doses per week in May and 2.4 million doses per week in June.
The United States has begun to ease previous restrictions on vaccine exports, which may indicate the possibility of obtaining the 20 million doses of AstraZeneca that Canada purchased but was unable to reach.
The Ontario government has sent a letter to the Trudeau government, asking federalists to impose a mandatory three-day quarantine at the hotel for travelers entering at land crossings from the United States. This rule currently applies only to all flights.
The province says there are reports of international travelers who have booked return flights to nearby US airports and then drive across the border to avoid mandatory quarantine in Canada imposed on air travelers.
Trudeau defended the current system in place, saying that there are very strict measures in place, in addition to what the United States is already in place, over the testing of people who travel to their countries.