The vaccination campaign has over the past week administered an average of about 1.5 million doses every day, compared with an average 2.7 million daily doses during the corresponding week in April.
The Massachusetts-based company has been tight-lipped in recent weeks about how many shots it will send to Canada as it grapples with production issues at plants in Europe. Two-third of them were given the vaccine while one-third got a placebo, Moderna said in a statement.
Brig. -Gen. Krista Brodie, the military officer in charge of vaccine logistics, said last week that Canada may receive fewer doses than originally expected because of ongoing production delays. Brodie said last week that the figure is now likely closer to 40 million. Moderna notes that it will gather data until 12 months after each participant's second dose of the vaccine to continue to assess the vaccine's safety in the long term. So far, it has delivered just 5.6 million.
Moderna announced on Tuesday that its Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective at preventing Covid-19 in teenagers. The total number of doses given was 200,662,456, or over 20 crore, until 7am on Wednesday.
While India has administered over 20 crore doses so far since the launch of its vaccination drive in mid-January, it is still a long way to reach the vaccination for the entire population, more so in the backdrop of many states having flagged shortage of vaccines and the gap between supply and requirement widening amid the deadly second wave.
The shared datapoints include trials showing almost 95 per cent effectiveness against COVID-19, 100 per cent efficacy against severe disease and also 100 per cent vaccine efficacy in 12-15-year-old adolescents.
"I think we'll still unfortunately not be able to reach more underserved populations that are facing vaccine disparities, because it's still the two-dose regimen", says Limaye to the New York Times.
"We have spoken to Pfizer and Moderna for vaccines, and both the companies have refused to sell vaccines directly to us".