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Government expecting 855,000 delayed Moderna vaccine doses this week

The federal government is expecting over 800,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week, which had been delayed due to quality assurance issues.

Just over a million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine also expected

The government is expecting hundreds of thousands of doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine this week, which were delayed last week. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

The federal government is expecting Moderna to make good this week on a previously promised batch of 855,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses that were expected last week.

Those delayed doses, along with a little more than one million shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, make up the extent of Canada's expected vaccine deliveries this week.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military officer overseeing the federal government's vaccination distribution effort, has blamed the Moderna delay on a "backlog with quality assurance."

Officials have indicated there could be a similar delay in the delivery of 1.2 million doses from Moderna next week.

In comparison, Pfizer-BioNTech has been consistently delivering more than one million shots to Canada each week for more than a month. 

The Public Health Agency is not expecting any shots of the AstraZeneca-Oxford or Johnson & Johnson vaccines this week.

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