Canada has given the green light to COVID-19 vaccine. As per the Canadian government, “Health Canada authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine (Tozinameran or BNT162b2) for use for the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Canada is the third country in the world, after the UK and Bahrain, to authorize a COVID-19 vaccine.
Health Canada has given its first approval for the COVID-19 vaccine – developed by Pfizer and BioNTech Manufacturing – on December 9, 2020.
A federal institution, Health Canada is a part of the Health portfolio comprising Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Responsible for assisting Canadians in maintaining as well as improving their health, Health Canada ensures that high-quality health services are accessible to all in Canada.
Approval of the coronavirus vaccine will positively affect Canadian immigration as well.
As per the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan announced on October 30, 2020, Canada plans on welcoming over 4 lakh newcomers annually in the coming years.
Signalling the end of the coronavirus pandemic in Canada, the approval for the vaccine will now lead to the largest vaccination campaign in Canadian history.
According to a December 10 tweet by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “Up to 249,000 doses are coming this month, with millions more in the new year.”
While the approval of the vaccine is supported by evidence that it is “safe, effective and of good quality”, the market authorization has been given with conditions.
In keeping with the terms and conditions placed by Health Canada on the authorisation, the manufacturer will be submitting the following to Health Canada –
At the time of applying for any marketing authorization, the companies are required to submit a risk management plan to Health Canada.
Despite 2020 being an unprecedented year, it has nonetheless turned out to be a record-breaking year for Canada’s Express Entry system. In the 36 Express Entry draws held so far in 2020, a total of 102,350 have been invited to apply for Canada PR.
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