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VIDO, Global Nexus teaming up to fight COVID-19, future pandemics

McMaster University and the University of Saskatchewan are joining forces in the fight against COVID-19.Officials with both universities say they have signed a partnership agreement to accelerate vaccine and drug development, human and animal clinical trials and to create new diagnostic tools.The partnership involves research facilities at USask’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization in Saskatoon and Canada’s Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats based at McMaster in Hamilton.“The complex challenges of pandemics will only be solved by this type of partnership,” Gerry Wright, lead at Global Nexus, said Thursday in a statement.“Canada’s Global Nexus and VIDO’s research strengths, which span human and animal health, are deep and complementary and by bringing together our co...

Saskatchewan government commits $15M to pandemic research at VIDO

The Saskatchewan government is committing $15 million to the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization in Saskatoon to support further pandemic research.Premier Scott Moe said the COVID-19 pandemic shows why Canada needs to be a leader in the research, development and production of vaccines.“The place that should happen is right here in Saskatchewan, at VIDO-InterVac in Saskatoon,” Moe said Tuesday in a statement.“VIDO has made world-first breakthroughs and achieved significant momentum in vaccine and disease research, most recently with COVID-19 vaccine development, and this new facility will strengthen their position as Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research.”However, Moe said provincial funding is contingent on the federal government committing funds to the project. Story continues bel...

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