Malaysia secures Pfizer vaccine in a first for Southeast Asia

Suspected North Korean hackers targeted Covid-19 vaccine maker AstraZeneca: Sources

Government officials held the first of what they promise will be weekly briefings on the rollout for COVID-19 vaccines, a question which has dominated the House of Commons this week. The trial will involve 3,000 participants.

This follows news from Health Canada's chief medical adviser that the first COVID-19 vaccine approval could happen before Christmas, in line with expected approvals in the US and Europe.

Asked about its co-operation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it said in an email the agency may not be able to synchronise the decision making process with other worldwide regulators. "And then we're going to have to figure out all of those shipments". "If everything goes well and if it goes smoothly they might be earlier", she said.

The centre has asked the states to constitute block-level task forces to monitor COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and to maximise involvement of local influencers, including religious leaders, for countering misinformation and rumour-mongering regarding coronavirus immunisation.

Sharma said that should help speed up the process, but regulators still have to review thousands of pages of information and data.

AstraZeneca, who partnered with Oxford University, are using a type of vaccine technology that could have been manufactured at the Montreal facility if construction had been completed.

"Did you even bother to negotiate the right for Canada to manufacture these vaccines at home?" He expects vaccinations will not begin until the second quarter of 2021.

It would be a mistake to lift patent protection to allow compulsory licensing and try to make vaccines requiring such complex quality assurance without expert staff and quality control procedures, he said.

Microsoft said this month it had seen two North Korean hacking groups target vaccine developers in multiple countries, including by "sending messages with fabricated job descriptions".

"Provincial governments are saying the same thing".

"We are working on preparing the documents. What has the government been doing for 11 months?" "But shortly afterwards, they will start honouring and delivering on the contracts that they signed with other countries, including with Canada", he told reporters outside Rideau Hall.

Deputy Health Minister Svitlana Shatalova said the worldwide organization would provide around 100 million US dollars for this project.

"It's important to note that the initial supply of these vaccines will be limited", he said.

Canada has a purchase deal to buy at least 20 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine, with the first four million of those on track to arrive before the end of March.

"As we move on throughout the year we certainly anticipate getting the rest of our doses from those two companies", he said.

Africa is unlikely to be able to start coronavirus vaccinations until April next year, according to the continent's top public health official.

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