NEW from @TondaMacC: Moderna says it will deliver seven million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Canada before the end of June…
The federal government says this puts it in line with its contract obligations, even though it falls short by about a million doses of the original plan…
Moderna will switch to using its American production facility instead of its Europe-based factories to supply millions of the mRNA vaccine doses that it contracted to ship to Canada in the second quarter.…
Procurement Minister Anita Anand said the seven million doses will come in two or three shipments from the U.S. once Health Canada has given regulatory approval for the new source of supply.…
"We should be grateful they are prioritizing Canada for supply in light of global demand."

Anand said that negotiations with the company and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., Kirsten Hillman, led to a breakthrough this week.…

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