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Novartis to help make Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine

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"Yes! Ukraine received a response from COVAX.as Ukraine will receive 117,000 doses of the American-made m-RNA vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech early as in February, which will be immediately distributed to vaccinate employees of hospitals that provide care to patients with COVID-19", Liashko wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday. Two million of these syringes arrive in the country next week. Between Pfizer and Moderna, Saskatchewan's shipments so far were expected to yield just 32,725 doses, but a total of 34,672 have actually been provided.

Health Canada is studying this possibility, but already, Ottawa has ordered nearly 40 million special syringes that would be used to draw vials of smaller quantities, so six rather than five doses.

Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer, noted that it is "standard" for a bit of extra fluid to remain in a vial following a vaccination.

The report noted about 6.4 billion COVID-19 vaccines have been pre-ordered by wealthy countries, which is the main reason for slower roll-out to lower-income countries.

In closing remarks, he said the world should turn its sights on other coronaviruses and other viral families that may evolve to have higher mortality rates than SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

There have already been delays in getting the promised amount of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to Canada.

A Belgian newspaper reported Thursday those upgrades are now complete, but a spokesperson for Pfizer confirmed Canada's deliveries won't return to a more normal level until next month.

Novartis AG, the Swiss drugmaker, agreed to help produce the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, boosting efforts to meet demand amid concerns about supply constraints.

The reason for the discrepancy is Pfizer's assumption that six doses can be extracted from each vial rather than the usual five, an adjustment Canadian regulators may not approve.

However, a planning document sent to provincial governments by Ottawa this morning lays out the doses coming at the five-dose formula, which left provinces believing they will be shorted half a million doses of vaccine this quarter.

Add to that, the European Union is threatening protectionist measures to limit the export overseas of doses produced in Europe.

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