Canada has benefited from declining demand for vaccines in the United States. Pfizer’s Michigan manufacturing plant began shipping more doses to Canada than expected earlier this month, as vaccinations in the United States declined.
Canada is home to nearly 38 million people and the US population is about nine times the size.
According to data updated Tuesday from Our World in Data, Canada will likely catch up with the United States by the end of the week in its population share with at least one dose.
The Canadian Prime Minister has confirmed that vaccine shipments, the majority of which will come from Pfizer, will continue to ramp up throughout June.
Canada will break a record for vaccine deliveries in the coming days, as it is expected to receive 4.5 million doses of vaccine in a single week.
“Four and a half million doses is our largest weekly shipment to date, and it will help Canada stay at the top of the G20 daily immunizations, where we have been for more than two weeks,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a conference in Ottawa.
However, Trudeau described a more cautious approach with tighter benchmarks so that public health measures are lifted, possibly in the fall.
“This fall, once three-quarters of eligible Canadians are fully immunized, we will be able to do more of the things inside that we miss, whether it’s watching sports in person or having dinner at a restaurant,” Trudeau said. .
Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam said there was a 25% decrease in active Covid-19 cases in Canada this week, from the peak of wave three in mid -April.
Hospitalizations and ICU admissions related to the virus remain high in Canada, particularly in Ontario.
CNN’s Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.