First COVID-19 vaccine shipments arrive in Canada

The first of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials have arrived in Canada

TORONTO -- The first of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials have arrived in Canada.

Quebec is expected to be the first province to administer the vaccine, saying it’s prepared to start inoculating residents of two long-term care homes as early as Monday.

More of Canada’s initial 30,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to cross the border on Monday.

The Canadian government recently amended its contract with Pfizer and BioNTech so that it would deliver up to 249,000 doses this month.

Despite the arrival of the vaccine vials, Trudeau urged Canadians to continue to wear masks, avoid gatherings and to download a government app that lets users know if they’ve come in contact with those who have tested positive.

“This is good news,″ Trudeau said. ”But our fight against COVID-19 is not over. Now more than ever, let’s keep up our vigilance.″

Canada has ordered more doses than what’s needed for Canadians but the government plans to donate excess supply to impoverished countries.