Canada Is Trying To Get Enough Supplies So Everyone Can Get 2 Doses Of A COVID-19 Vaccine
Needles and swabs and bandages, oh my!
This could be a huge step forward in the fight against the virus. In preparation for a COVID-19 vaccine, Canada is trying to stockpile so many of the supplies needed for immunizations. That would mean everyone in the country can get multiple doses when one finally becomes available.
Public Services and Procurement Canada is in the process of getting more than 75 million vaccine supplies on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada for when one is ready to be administered to people.
According to The Canadian Press that includes syringes, bandages, gauze pads and alcohol swabs.
Businesses are able to bid to supply Canada with 75,200,000 of each item.
Bids opened up this week and will continue to be accepted until the end of July.
The massive stockpile would allow for every Canadian to get at least two doses since the population has now.
Along with the more than 75 million needles, swabs, gauze and bandages, Procurement Minister Anita Anand said that 250,000 needle disposal containers have also been ordered.
According to The Canadian Press, the contracts are already in place for all the syringes.
All of the supplies should be delivered by the end of October.
Back in April, Justin Trudeau had said thatwouldn't happen in Canada until a vaccine for the virus is widely available.
In June, Canada had orderedwhich would have been enough for widespread vaccinations of almost everyone in the country.
Now that order has doubled.
At the beginning of the month, Dr. Theresa Tam said on Twitter that Canada is collaborating both domestically and internationally to push forward the development of a vaccine.
Recently, Canada claimed that health organizations in the country were the target ofthat attempted to steal information about vaccine development.
The group that is responsible for it is believed to be part of Russian intelligence services.
Lots of work is being doneto fight COVID-19.
A Quebec company hasfor a vaccine in Canada and it's actually plant-based.
Other researchers areon humans in the fall.