Ontario asks Biden for a million vaccines amid shortage

TORONTO (AP) - Canada will not receive Pfizer BioNTech coronavirus vaccines next week and 50% less than expected next month, officials said Tuesday, prompting the leader of Canada's most populous province to appoint US President-elect Joe Biden ask to share a million cans from Pfizer's Michigan facility.
Major General Dany Fortin, who oversees the logistical introduction and distribution of vaccines in Canada, described this as a significant reduction. However, Pfizer is expected to meet its contractual obligation to ship four million cans to Canada by the end of March.
US pharmaceutical company Pfizer confirmed last week that it would temporarily reduce shipments of its COVID-19 vaccine to Europe and Canada, while increasing production capacity at its facility in Puurs, Belgium. Pfizer's Belgian facility supplies all recordings shipped outside of the US. Fortin said other countries will be affected this week and Canada will be affected next week.
"Pfizer has promised me and Canada fair treatment," said Secretary of Procurement Anita Anand.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said when speaking with Chancellor Angela Merkel this week that she told him the media had asked her why Germany was not doing as well as Canada on vaccines.
Doug Ford, the Prime Minister of Ontario, Canada's most populous province, said he was angry. He asked Biden to help Canada and found there was a Pfizer plant in Michigan.
"Our American friends, help us," said Ford. "You have a new president, no more excuses. Help us out. "
Ford notes that Ontario is a major US trading partner.
"I can't help but ask the president," said Ford. "The least you can do ... give us a million vaccines. You have a hundred million down there. Give your big neighbor, who stands shoulder to shoulder with you, a million vaccines to get us over the mountain. We would like to see that from the President. "
A mass vaccination clinic in Toronto, Canada's largest city, has been temporarily closed due to the shortage.

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