COVID-19 causes a drastic impact on the mental and physical health of individuals either directly or indirectly. The coronavirus pandemic ceased the social life and tourism industry while also drastically affecting the overall economy of countries around the world. The government first imposed a curfew before taking measures to find a cure for the coronavirus viral infection.
Some pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies are trying to manufacture vaccines. Vaccines will be effective in controlling the transmission rate, infection rate, and death rate associated with coronavirus. The coronavirus vaccine still needs the approval of the FDA and CDC to distribute and use the coronavirus vaccine to the public.
Vaccines For COVID-19
A vaccine usually contains a dead or inactive part of the virus. The doctor injects the specific-vaccine in a liquid or solution form. Once the vaccine enters the body, the immune system of the human body acts and fights against the viral part as it is a foreign body element. The immune system produces antibodies against the virus and stores information about the virus in memory cells.
The body becomes able to recognize immediately if an active virus enters the body. Antibodies against the virus also already exist in the vaccinated-person. Thus, vaccination protects the body against invasion from the virus and limits the risk of developing an infection. The COVID-19 acts in a similar way and two companies have developed a coronavirus vaccine with sufficient efficacy. Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are passing through the final stages of clinical trials.
The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine requires ultra-cold storage conditions and remains stable at -70 degrees Celsius. Thus, the distribution and storage of the vaccines become somewhat hard. The government has taken several measures to distribute coronavirus vaccines across Canada without compromising storage conditions.
Canadian Government Approach To Deal Coronavirus Pandemics
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, advises the public to follow public health guidelines strictly until the vaccine arrives. Moreover, the chief public health officer of Canada suggests that the majority of Canadians will be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of 2021. According to Dr. Howard Njoo, Health Canada will approve and distribute the coronavirus vaccines formulated by Pfizer and Moderna.
Furthermore, Canada has signed agreements for the availability of millions of vaccine doses as soon as they become available. The federal government has made these agreements with Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, and Novavax and Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. Also, by making deals with Sanofi/GSK, AstraZeneca and Medicago Canada will receive 20 to 76 million doses of each vaccine.
According to New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs, the government shall distribute vaccines first among the provinces depending upon their vulnerable population and leave remaining vaccine doses for hot zones across the country.
Why Canadians Are Buying Freezers
According to Justin Trudeau, multiple government agencies and private contractors will be working together with the Canadian Military to deliver the vaccine across Canada. According to Theresa Tam, to distribute the vaccine under ultra-cold temperatures, the federal government is purchasing sufficient freezers. So far, according to Public Services and Procurement Canada, the federal government has purchased 26 freezers. These freezers are capable of keeping the temperature at minus 80 degrees Celsius.
Further, the federal government has purchased 100 freezers that can maintain a temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius. Moreover, for the distribution of vaccines, the government has made agreements with UPS Healthcare, Federal Express Canada Corp, Kuehn + Nagel Ltd., and McKesson Canada Corporation. The Canadian government is willing to take any necessary action to control the COVID-19 pandemics and spread of coronavirus.