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Canada discards 13.6 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Ottawa variants fuel a wave of infection

Ottawa — Canada has about 13.6 million doses of Ottawa-AstraZenecaCOVID-19vaccine, domestic or overseas.

 Canada signed a contract with AstraZeneca in 2020 to vaccinate 20 million doses, with 2.3 million Canadians receiving at least one vaccination. It was mainly held between March and June 2021.

  Following spring 2021 concerns,from AstraZeneca, Canada, is a rare but potentially deadly blood clot. Focused on the use of abundant supply of mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

In July 2021, Canada promised to donate about 17.7 million doses of the remaining supplies it procured. But in a statement Tuesday, Health Canada said 13.6 million doses had expired and had to be discarded, despite efforts to achieve that pledge.

 "It was not accepted due to limited demand for vaccines and the challenge of distribution and absorption by the inoculator's country," the statement said.

In total, Canada has donated 8.9 million doses. Percentage of AstraZeneca vaccines — 4.8 million times from major sources, 4.1 million times purchased from theCOVAX vaccine sharing program.

 Approximately 85% of Canadians are considered fully vaccinated, compared to 61% of the world's population and only 16% of the world's poorest people.

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