Feds plan to push ahead with J&J vaccine procurement despite U.S. pause

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The federal procurement minister says the government will welcome the millions of Johnson & Johnson doses they’ve already purchased, so long as Health Canada deems that vaccine safe and effective for use. Asked at a House of Commons committee whether Canada should cancel its contract with the supplier given the rare risk of blood clots after inoculation, Minister Anita Anand said the government is following the regulatory body’s advice. “Health Canada has deemed both J&J and AstraZeneca, and Pfizer, Moderna safe and effective, and as a result we will continue with our procurements of these vaccines,” she said on Wednesday. “Until we hear otherwise from Health Canada, our procurements are all systems go.” The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been approved for use in Canada since March 5, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government is still expecting the first shipment to arrive this month. On Tuesday, Health Canada said it was monitoring the developments south of the border where the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have paused the use of the drug.

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