Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Canada would be the “first order” for the Moderna vaccine made in Montreal.
Joyce Napier asked Champagne on CTV News Friday’s Power Play channel if Canadians would be given preference for vaccines made at that facility.
“We were first in line,” he replied. He told Napier that Canada would buy the vaccine.
The federal government announced Friday that Moderna will build a facility in Quebec. It could be operational as early as 2024.
Canada’s initial vaccine rollout lags behind countries like the US, UK and Germany, which have their own domestic vaccine production.
Champagne said the terms of the deal were being finalized.
Minster Champagne discusses the Moderna production facility in the video at the top of this article.