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The Kentucky snowstorm holds up deliveries of Canadian vaccines

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OTTAWA – The “big lift” for Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts this week has been bypassed by a large snowdrift.

UPS temporarily suspended operations in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday after the city received more than six inches of snow.

While Canada’s vaccine doses are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech in Belgium, they are shipped via UPS, which flies them to Canada via its Kentucky air hub.

According to Health Canada, provinces awaiting supplies of the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech can expect them to arrive at least a day behind schedule, but all doses will be in the country by Friday.

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At 403,000 doses, the shipment will be the largest single shipment of vaccines to Canada to date.

This marks the end of four weeks of delivery delays from Pfizer while the company modernized its facility in Belgium. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently called the expected increase in vaccine shipments “the big boom”.

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