The UK government is the first country to start distribution of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Today, Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement announced the Government of Canada has awarded a contract to FedEx Express Canada and Innomar Strategies Inc., to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines across the country.
“The Government of Canada continues to follow an aggressive strategy to ensure that Canadians have access to COVID-19 vaccines. I am pleased to announce this important new contract with FedEx Express Canada and Innomar Strategies Inc. which will help save lives and end the spread of COVID-19. This contract helps to ensure that when a vaccine is ready, Canada is ready too.” The Honourable Anita Anand Minister of Public Services and Procurement
The contract will include logistics and warehousing of the vaccines which will include specific temperature controlled climates. The Canadian government has tapped Major-General Dany Fortin to oversee the distribution while working under the department of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Operations Centre.
The services provided by FedEx Express Canada and Innomar Strategies Inc. will be fully operational to receive initial doses of vaccines, and will facilitate the distribution of doses to provinces and territories from coast to coast to coast, as soon as Health Canada approves their use.
In support of readiness efforts, PHAC will be conducting dry-run rehearsals with provinces and territories in December to verify ordering and shipping processes from the point of manufacture to the point of use at designated locations across Canada.
PHAC is working to ensure that initial capacity to receive and administer vaccines is established in advance of anticipated vaccine roll-out dates, and that our national capacity to immunize Canadians quickly scales up to meet demand and vaccine availability over the coming weeks and months.