A man enters the employee entrance of the Pfizer World Headquarters building in the Manhattan borough of New York, US. Image Credit: REUTERS

Ottawa: Health Canada on Wednesday approved the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, clearing the way for shots to be delivered and administered across the country.

The nation's first coronavirus vaccine green light comes under a new interim order system that allows for accelerated approval very similar to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's emergency use authorizations.