Pfizer says B.C. floods causing delays in deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine

The devastating floods in British Columbia are delaying deliveries of Pfizer Canada merchandise, together with the corporate’s COVID-19 vaccine.

“Weather conditions have resulted in an unfortunate delivery delay of our medicines to BC,” Pfizer said on Twitter Thursday.

“We are working to ensure the supply chain has sufficient inventory of critical products for patients.”

The pharmaceutical firm stated in an e-mail to Global News it’s assured the provision chain has “sufficient inventory to bring critical products to patients” however that it’s collaborating with third-party distributors on “mitigation plans” for delays that impression its COVID-19 vaccine.

The firm stated wholesalers have stock in B.C. to satisfy fast wants in the meanwhile.

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Global News requested Pfizer Canada for readability on the size of the delays, and when it’s anticipated to be resolved, however these questions went unanswered.

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This information comes on the heels of reviews, confirmed by Global News, that Health Canada on Friday will give the inexperienced gentle to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for teenagers aged five-11, a demographic that has but to be inoculated, and performs a key function in controlling the pandemic forward of winter.

The new vaccine is specifically formulated for youthful kids, with smaller doses meant to scale back ache, discomfort, and unwanted side effects. In different phrases, it’s totally different in quantity than what’s at the moment given to adults.

Pfizer Canada advised Global News it has not but shipped any pediatric doses of the vaccine to Canada, for the reason that vaccine continues to be awaiting formal approval from Health Canada.

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B.C.’s prime physician, Bonnie Henry, has warned about “challenges” to COVID-19 vaccination efforts in gentle of the floods earlier this week.

She stated street closures have led well being officers to take “alternative measures” to ship vaccines to some communities.

“We received our shipment of the [Johnson & Johnson] vaccine on Friday, and there were some delays in getting it into the Interior over the last few days, but it has arrived,” she stated Tuesday.

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“We have alternate ways of getting vaccines into communities, and the clinics are continuing in many communities.”

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B.C. floods: Premier John Horgan broadcasts provincial state of emergency attributable to floods

B.C. Premier John Horgan declared a state of emergency in response to the floods and landslides that started Sunday, after file rainfall, drenched a lot of southern B.C. for greater than 48 hours.

At least one individual is confirmed useless from a landslide that swept automobiles off a street close to Pemberton, and the seek for extra victims continues. In Fraser Valley, flooding has left a lot of the area underwater and has reportedly killed hundreds of livestock in what officers have dubbed an agricultural catastrophe.

—with recordsdata from the Canadian Press and Global BC

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