Canada’s 1st shipment of coronavirus vaccine to arrive Sunday evening

The first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine are slated to arrive in Canada later Sunday.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says some of the 30,000 initial doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will begin to touch down for transport to 14 distribution sites across the country starting Sunday evening, with more crossing the border via plane and truck Monday.

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Front-line health-care workers and long-term care residents will be among the first to be inoculated, possibly on Monday.

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Quebec City’s health agency says Gisele Levesque, who lives at the city’s Saint-Antoine seniors’ home, is first up for vaccination in the provincial capital.

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Her nieces say Levesque, who moved into the facility just as the pandemic broke out in March, was calm and direct about being No. 1 on the list, saying simply, ‘I was chosen, of course.’ “

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News of the vaccines’ imminent arrival comes as Quebec and Ontario report a combined 3,671 new cases of COVID-19 and 49 additional deaths linked to the virus.

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