Health Canada provided its first approval for a Coronavirus vaccine on December 9, 2020. This means that Canada can now begin the biggest vaccination campaign in its history. But it could also be a positive signal to increased immigration activities in Canada.
Approval was given to a coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech Manufacturing.
Health Canada issued a news release declaring that “the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine is supported by evidence that it is safe, very potent and of good quality.”
Health Canada has placed several terms and conditions on Pfizer-BioNTech including providing:
- monthly safety monitoring reviews containing information on side effects
- further data on the safety and potency of the vaccine including final data from ongoing clinical trials
- further quality data showing there are processes and controls in place to ensure drugs of suitable quality are being produced
According to the media report, Canada becomes the third country in the world to approve and authorize a COVID-19 vaccine after the United Kingdom and Bahrain.
In a tweet, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau affirmed 30,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine are set to arrive in Canada, and up to about 249,000 doses could arrive by the end of 2020. The prime minister further said millions more are set to arrive in early 2021.
Canada leads the world in the number of coronavirus vaccines it has secured on a per capita basis. In general, Canada has signed contracts with seven (7) companies and has secured 414 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, according to CTV.
Three other manufacturers are now having their coronavirus vaccines reviewed for approval by Health Canada.
Canada initially experienced success flattening the pandemic curve during the summer but has since seen its COVID-19 case numbers increased across the country resulting in a fresh wave of lockdowns.
So far, Canada has seen over 430,000 coronavirus related cases and some 13,000 deaths.
Canada’s immigration system has been working throughout the pandemic, with the country looking to get its new immigrant levels back on track following the coronavirus pandemic.
Yesterday, Canada conducted another major Express Entry draw, inviting 5,000 immigration candidates to apply for permanent resident status.
The year 2020 is a record-breaking year, as Canada invited over 100,000 Express Entry candidates since the introduction of Express Entry in 2015.
In late October, Canada released its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. It plans to welcome over 400,000 new permanent residents per year moving forward in a stated effort to compensate for shortages in newcomer arrivals during the pandemic.
Higher immigration is a policy the federal government is pursuing to support its economic growth in light of its low birth rate and aging population.