In a press conference on Thursday, Trudeau confirmed the government is set to receive “millions of doses” of the pediatric vaccine as quickly as possible after it is approved by Health Canada.
Procurement Minister Anita Anand confirmed moments later that there will be 2.9 million pediatric doses available “shortly” after that approval, which is expected imminently.
“These deliveries will provide sufficient supply to provide a first dose to every eligible Canadian child,” Anand said in an emailed statement.
Pfizer submitted initial trial data to Health Canada for its COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11 earlier in October.
The company made its formal application this week, noting its clinical trials showed an immune response comparable to that observed in children over the age of 12, for whom its vaccine is already approved.
Pediatric doses for those between the ages of five and 11 will be about one-third the size of the doses given to adults and teens.