Moderna to Build Covid-19 Vaccination Facility in Canada – Manila Bulletin

Moderna will build a Covid-19 vaccination facility in Canada

OTTAWA, Canada — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that Covid-19 vaccine developer Moderna would build a manufacturing facility in Quebec, in the country, to deliver up to 100 million doses of the mRNA vaccine per year.

Construction is expected to begin this year and the facility is expected to be operational no earlier than 2024, subject to planning and regulatory approvals, Trudeau said in a news release.

In addition to Covid-19 vaccines, the facility should be able to produce vaccines for other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, pending ongoing development by Moderna and Health Canada approval, according to the release. hurry.

“Covid-19 vaccines have saved lives and brought Canadians back to doing the things they love,” Trudeau said.

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the government will establish national biomanufacturing capacity to ensure Canada continues to have access to vaccines for a long time.

Health Canada authorized Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine for adults in December 2020, for adolescents in August 2021, and for children ages 6 to 11 in March 2022. Over 29 million doses of Spikevax vaccine have been distributed in Canada.

Meanwhile, the society is calling for a vaccine to protect children aged six months to five years in Canada. Currently, no vaccine is authorized for children under five years of age.

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