Health Canada has approved a second COVID-19 vaccine for use across the country. The Moderna vaccine was authorized on December 23, following the authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on December 9.
Quebec Premier François Legault reacted on Twitter, saying, "This is good news, and will allow us to vaccinate more Quebecers in the coming weeks."
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COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada as of December 23
Vaccinations have started rolling out at 21 Quebec locations, with the province expecting to vaccinate 650,000 people by April 1.
But Legault was also sure to emphasize that "the battle is not yet won" for Quebecers.
"Let's continue to follow the health rules to help our health care workers," he said, echoing Health Minister Christian Dubé's recent warnings that hospitals in the province are nearing overcapacity for COVID-19 patients.
Moderna's vaccine has similarities and differences to the Pfizer-BioNTech one.
Canada is guaranteed 40 million doses of the Moderna vaccine. It can access 168,000 doses this month.
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