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CA, 03 Mar 2021
Canadian federal officials are expected to provide an update Tuesday on the government's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand and Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, who heads Canada's COVID-19 vaccine effort, will be joined by chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo.

The federal government is hopeful it will start receiving doses of AstraZeneca's recently approved COVID-19 vaccine as early as Wednesday, with a total of 24 million doses of the vaccine ordered and the majority expected to be delivered between April and September. Ministers may face questions however on the National Advisory Committee on Immunization's decision to not recommend the vaccine be used on people 65 or older due to "limited information on the efficacy of this vaccine in this age group at this time."

Canada also received the "last piece" of manufacturing data needed to decide whether to approve the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, according to Health Canada. Dr. Supriya Sharma said Monday that the agency was expecting to make a final decision within the next few weeks on whether to approve the vaccine.

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