Health Canada approves Pfizer vaccine

All systems go for the biggest inoculation program in the country’s history

Health Canada approves Pfizer vaccine

Health Canada regulators have approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, a key step toward launching the biggest inoculation program in Canada's history, according to a CBC report.

The department announced the approval Wednesday. Public health and government officials will hold a briefing to discuss details of the vaccine rollout plan at 1 p.m. ET in Ottawa.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had previously announced that several hundred thousand doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available in Canada before the end of the year — shots primarily earmarked for long-term care home residents and the staff working there.

Trudeau said up to 249,000 doses of the two-dose vaccine will be on hand by year's end to launch a mass inoculation campaign, which is expected to take many months to complete.

Trudeau is meeting with premiers virtually Thursday, with vaccine distribution, health care funding and improving long-term care facilities on the agenda.