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Trudeau Ramps Up Vaccine Push, Secures Early Doses From Moderna

  • Canada expands inoculations, expects 417,000 shots by year end
  • Order from second supplier to ship within 48 hours of approval
Justin Trudeau and Patty Hajdu observe vaccinations against Covid-19 at an Ottawa hospital on Dec. 15.
Justin Trudeau and Patty Hajdu observe vaccinations against Covid-19 at an Ottawa hospital on Dec. 15.Photographer: Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press/Bloomberg

Canada has secured 417,000 early doses of two Covid-19 vaccines, part of a push by Justin Trudeau’s government to inoculate as many Canadians as possible against the virus before the end of the year.

The government reached an agreement with Moderna Inc. for as many as 168,000 doses of its vaccine, which will be shipped within 48 hours of Health Canada’s approval, the prime minister said Tuesday. The first inoculations of the approved Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE shot began Monday, with the bulk of an initial order of 249,000 due next week.