Canada will be getting three doses (of the coronaviral vaccine) of the new vaccine for the pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
The announcement came a day after Canada was forced to delay a deadline for a second dose of the vaccine as a result of the coronabirus outbreak in the United States.
The three doses will come from the vaccine manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, which is already in use by many of the countries with the highest-risk coronavirin, including the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the United Republic of Tanzania.
The third dose will be produced by the vaccine manufacturer’s parent company, Sanofi, which acquired the company from German company Merck in 2014.
The government said Monday it will pay $12.5 million to Merck for the first dose of vaccine.
The first vaccine, made in the U.S., came in November and has been tested in clinical trials.
The second vaccine, manufactured in the Czech Republic, was approved in December.
The fourth vaccine, which will be given to people who were born after September 1, 2018, will be delivered to Canadians starting in February.
The United Kingdom and the UAE are the only countries yet to have received the fourth vaccine.
It is the first time Canada will have received two doses of the two-dose vaccine, and will allow other countries to get a shot before the government issues an official notification to that effect.
It’s unclear when the first vaccine will be available for Canadians.
The federal government said in January it would be ready to receive the vaccine in a matter of weeks.