Canada will receive first batches of COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna
According to Dr. Hedy Fry, they'll be free for every Canadian who wants one if the immunization regimen is approved by regulators
Today, the United Kingdom became one of the first countries in the world to give the green light to a COVID-19 vaccine.
It's approved Pfizer and Biontech's immunization regimen for emergency use, which means inoculations will begin next week.
There's also intriguing news on this front for Canadians.
Dr. Hedy Fry, the Liberal MP for Vancouver Centre, tweeted today about another pharmaceutical candidate with a vaccine candidate.
According to Fry, Moderna has confirmed that Canada will receive doses from its first batch of vaccines once it's approved by Health Canada.
"Vaccines will be free for every Canadian who wants one," Fry declared.
On November 30, Moderna announced that its vaccine candidate demonstrated 94.1 percent efficacy against COVID-19 in its phase three trial. And it was 100 percent effective in preventing severe COVID-19.
Moderna's trial involved 30,000 participants.
"Efficacy was consistent across age, race and ethnicity, and gender demographics," Moderna stated in a news release. "The 196 COVID-19 cases included 33 older adults (ages 65+) and 42 participants identifying as being from diverse communities (including 29 Hispanic or LatinX, 6 Black or African Americans, 4 Asian Americans and 3 multiracial participants)."