Canada is hoping to accelerate its mass-vaccination program with the authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, which the FDA also recently authorized.
Canada has now authorized four vaccines.
Pfizer has also agreed to ramp up deliveries to the country.
By the end of June, Canada could have 36.5 million vaccine doses. The country’s population is 37.9 million.
Ontario, the most densely populated province, also announced that it would allow the first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to be administered with an up to four-month interval between doses.
The J&J vaccine currently requires only a single dose, although the company is testing a two-dose regimen.
Because the U.S. isn’t currently allowing domestically produced vaccines to be exported, Canada has relied on Europe and Asia to provide vaccine doses.