With a new agreement for the production of a COVID-19 vaccine, Novavax doses will be made in Canada and a Canadian doctor said this is "a big deal."
Justin Trudeau announced that Novavax will produce its vaccine in Montreal and another company is also on track to manufacture doses in Canada.
This is a major step forward ot get vacicnes made in Canada for Canadians.
Trudeau said that the federal government has signed an agreement with Novavax to make its vaccine at the new National Research Council of Canada Royalmount facility in Montreal.
If the candidate is approved by Health Canada, this agreement means that tens of millions of doses will be made here at home.
Precision NanoSystems is also on track to manufacture vaccines in Canada, according to the prime minister.
Trudeau said the facility is still being built and is expected to be complete this summer which means doses can be produced there "reasonably quickly after that" if the vaccine gets the green light.
"This is a major step forward to get vaccines made in Canada for Canadians," Trudeau said.
Dr. Isaac Bogoch, a Canadian infectious diseases physician and scientist, tweeted about the new vaccine update.
He noted that domestic production of doses is "a big deal" and will help Canada even though some Canadians have already been fully vaccinated because COVID-19 isn't going anywhere soon.
"We may need boosters or updated shots," Bogoch said.