Officials are mum about a box of COVID-19 vaccines possibly stolen from the RBC Convention Centre vaccination site.

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Officials are mum about a box of COVID-19 vaccines possibly stolen from the RBC Convention Centre vaccination site.

"We have referred information to the Winnipeg Police Service regarding an unaccounted box of vaccine from the RBC supersite," a provincial vaccine spokesman said in an emailed statement Thursday.

"No further details are available at this time."

The province won't say when the box went missing, whether it was full or how many vaccines were in the box.

"We cannot provide any details regarding the onset or any part of this investigation," Winnipeg Police Service spokeswoman Const. Dani McKinnon said in an email to the Free Press Thursday.

The WPS told CBC News Wednesday that they were contacted Saturday.

The province would not say how it determined the box was missing within the vaccine inventory system and would not answer when asked whether that system is automated or hand-recorded by staff.

The province refused to say whether it believes the possible theft was carried out by a vaccination site employee or a civilian.

It's unclear if this is the first reported possible theft of COVID-19 vaccines in the province.

As of Thursday morning, the province has given a total 1,948,557 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. That equates to 83.9 per cent of Manitobans 12 or older with their first dose and 78.9 per cent with two.

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