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Canada buys millions more doses of Moderna’s bivalent vaccine | Coronavirus

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Canada has purchased 4.5 million new doses and moved up the delivery date for the 1.5 million doses originally due to arrive in Canada next year.

The government and the US pharmaceutical company have also agreed to convert 6 million doses of the original Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine to bivalent doses.

The deal is contingent on Health Canada approving the bivalent vaccine, which was submitted for review on June 30.

We thank the Government of Canada for their confidence in our mRNA technology and that of the next generation bivalent COVID-19 vaccineModerna Chairman and CEO Stéphane Bancel said in a statement.

There is currently no approval deadline.

The COVID-19 vaccines currently available in Canada are designed to target only the original strain of the virus. Since the start of the pandemic, the virus has continued to mutate and show itself to be more adept at immune escape.

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The proposed bivalent vaccines are designed to recognize specific mutations in the Omicron BA.1 subvariant spike protein.

The most common variants in Canada are now all Omicron sublines that arrived in late 2021 and have been spreading aggressively ever since.

Last week, UK regulators were the first in the world to clear Moderna’s vaccine which protects against both the original strain of coronavirus and the Omicron BA.1 subvariant.

Health Canada is also considering a proposal from Pfizer for a bivalent vaccine suitable for Omicron.

The drug regulatory agency has already asked vaccine manufacturers to further tweak their bivalent vaccines to target the rapid spread of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants as soon as possible.

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