The federal government has decided not to use its purchase option, saying it can get 16 million doses of the vaccine from Modena, in addition to the 40 million already ordered.
The Office of Public Services and Supplies Minister Anita Anand explained that they chose to ignore these vaccines as they were likely to arrive too late.
“If the Government of Canada had purchased 40 million doses of Modena’s vaccine now and used the opportunity to obtain 16 million doses, these 16 million would not have come by the end of 2021,” the ministry said in a written statement.
The 16 million vaccines were delayed due to the federal government’s goal of vaccinating all Canadians who want them by the end of September.
“Consequently, the Government of Canada has not used this option. If Canada has the opportunity to negotiate an additional dose,” the minister’s entourage said.
The latter indicated that her team was focusing on relationships with celebrities instead to see if deliveries could come quickly.
To date, Canada has ordered 40 million doses of modern vaccine and 20 million from Pfizer-Bioentech, eventually allowing 30 million to be vaccinated. Ottawa has options available to purchase up to 56 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, not to mention deals for tens of millions of doses with other companies.