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Health Canada has approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in that country The first doses are expected to arrive soon

Canada joins more than a dozen other countries in giving the green light to ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, the AstraZeneca and Oxford University shot that was among the first avid vaccine candidates in 2020

The company has promised Canada 20 million cans The federal government said it had spoken to AstraZeneca about blocking shipments once the green light was given for regulation

By the end of March, the global vaccine sharing program known as COVAX could generate up to 500000 cans will be sent to Canada

The vaccine, which is the third COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada, is believed to be relatively cheap and easy to store, which sets it apart from the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines already in circulation, AstraZeneca has made agreements with international health agencies and governments to to value each dose at about $ 250 The cans of the AstraZeneca shot can be stored at temperatures between 2 ° C and 8 ° C, while the other two require ultra-cold freezers

However, the AstraZeneca vaccine was already having efficacy concerns as variants of the novel coronavirus emerge around the world. In South Africa, officials suspended plans to use the shot on healthcare workers after a clinical study showed it was less effective against the B1351 variant in prevalent in this country in France, the vaccine is only given to people under 65 as officials cited a lack of data on its effectiveness in the elderly

The federal health agency has been reviewing the two-dose vaccine for nearly five months in partnership with the European Medicines Agency in early February, health officials said they would go back and forth with AstraZeneca about what information the vaccine label will contain, citing ongoing studies in the USAS As one of the reasons, the verification process for the stitch was complicatedâ ????

On this February 11, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to be given at a vaccination center in Fiumicino near Rome International Airport (AP Photo / Alessandra Tarantino, file)

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