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First delivery of Moderna’s vaccine to Nunavut


#Nunavut received 6,000 doses of #Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine on #Wednesday, which, unlike #Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, can be kept at just -20O C. #An essential condition for the delivery of the vaccine to this remote region.



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#Nunavut #Premier #Joe #Savikataaq and #Chief #Public #Health #Officer Dr #Michael #Patterson, braved the cold #Wednesday to receive the precious packages at the #Iqaluit airport.

#Half of the doses were stored at #Qikiqtani #General #Hospital, while the other 3,000 are destined for #Rankin #Inlet, a community of 2,000 people west of #Iqaluit.

#On #Twitter, #Mr. #Savikataaq called the arrival of vaccines a “great moment”, before recalling the importance of maintaining efforts against the spread of the virus. “When we have more vaccines, we will start distributing them to adults in all communities in the UN, but it could take weeks or months. #Be patient and continue to adhere to public health measures, which will not go away anytime soon. ”

#Vaccination shouldn’t start until next week. The first batch of vaccines will be for frontline staff and the elderly.

#According to the Dr #Patterson, the territory expects to receive new vaccine shipments every three weeks – enough to immunize three-quarters of #Nunavut’s adults by #March 2021.

A logistical challenge

The three northern territories had to wait for the approval of #Moderna’s vaccine to order their first doses. #Unlike the #Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which must be stored at -70o C, #Moderna’s can be kept at only -20O C, which facilitates its delivery to those remote areas.

#Two doses of #Moderna’s vaccine must be given four weeks apart to allow immunization against COVID-19.

#For now, the Dr #Patterson said he has not decided in details on how the vaccination campaign will be rolled out. A press briefing by the authorities has been announced for #January 5.

#Two deaths and three active cases

#On #December 30, the government had only three active cases of the virus in its territory. #Since the appearance of COVID-19 on #Nunavut soil in early #November, 266 cases have been identified.

#Nunavut has two deaths from the disease, one from #Arviat and the other from #Rankin #Inlet.





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https://www.lapresse.ca/covid-19/2020-12-31/premiere-livraison-du-vaccin-de-moderna-au-nunavut.php

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