For the COVID-19 vaccines, Canada has now revealed that doses will be delivered to provinces by FedEx.
During a press conference on December 4, it was announced by Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, that the company has been contracted to ship vaccines.
She said that FedEx Express Canada will support the distribution of vaccines to health authorities across the country.
FedEx Express Canada will support the physical distribution of vaccines to provincial and health authorities for points of administration across Canada.
Anand said that the government is working with the timeframe of the first three months of 2021 for vaccines to arrive and is in contact with suppliers every day to negotiate for that to happen as early as possible.
She also noted that there is hope for arrival in January.
During the same press conference, Dr. Theresa Tam shared updated guidelines from Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) about the first round of vaccinations.
It's being recommended that initial doses be given to residents and staff of congregate living settings that provide care for seniors, adults aged 70 years or older starting with adults aged 80 years or older and adults in Indigenous communities where the consequences of infection can be disproportionate.
NACI also advised that health care workers, including all those who work in health care settings and personal support workers whose work involves direct contact with patients, get the shot first.
Justin Trudeau recently said that this will be Canada's "biggest immunization" ever and most Canadians could be vaccinated by September 2021.