No Moderna or Pfizer vaccine deliveries for B.C. in last week of January

There will be no Moderna or Pfizer vaccine deliveries in B.C. in the last week of January.

On Tuesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix confirmed that Pfizer would not supply the 5,800 doses of its vaccine it had promised for the week starting Jan. 25. This was already an amount that had been scaled back heavily after Pfizer revealed last Friday it could not meet its Canadian commitment while it upgrades its production facility in Belgium.

In total, B.C. will receive 60,000 fewer doses of Pfizer vaccine over the next month than had been earlier promised.

Dix said this was disappointing, adding Pfizer would still supply 25,000 doses a week during February and then the company would increase deliveries so it can meet its promise to deliver four million doses to Canada by the end of March.

This week, B.C. will receive 25,000 doses of Pfizer and 2,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine. The Moderna delivery will be the last under its contract to supply 38,900 doses to B.C.

The provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said that 40 per cent of B.C.’s Moderna doses had been used so far. Moderna vaccine is stored at a higher temperature than Pfizer’s so is easier to deliver outside Metro Vancouver.

So far, 80 per cent of the roughly 92,000 doses delivered in B.C. have been from Pfizer and the rest from Moderna.

There were 465 cases of COVID-19 reported on Monday and 12 deaths.

There are 4,331 active cases, with 329 being treated in hospital, including 70 in intensive care.

There were no new outbreaks in health care facilities or in the community. An outbreak at The Emerald at Elim Village in Surrey is over with no deaths, leaving 58 active outbreaks in health care facilities.

B.C.’s provincial state of emergency was extended until Feb. 2.

There have been 693 tickets with fines issued, that include 548 for people refusing to comply with a directive, 119 for unlawful gatherings and 26 for violation of provincial health officer liquor rules.

Authorities have issued 85 tickets for people who breached the mandatory two-week quarantine for anyone entering B.C. from outside Canada.

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