Researchers get $7 million in COVID-19 funding from Ontario government
2020-05-22 from thestar.com
Fifteen research teams across the province will receive $7 million from the government to help develop vaccines or treatments to fight COVID-19.
The first projects to receive money under the new $20-million “rapid research fund” include four vaccine trials led by the University of Guelph.
“The key to beating this virus once and for all, the key to getting things back to normal, is finding a vaccine, finding a cure,” Premier Doug Ford said at Queen’s Park on Thursday. “Because, until we find that vaccine, the fight isn’t over.”
With the new fund, first announced a month ago, “we armed our best and brightest with the funding and the tools they need,” Ford said. “We made that investment, because I believe in the people of this province.”
Other projects include rapid lab testing by St. Joseph’s in Hamilton and McMaster studies looking at the plasma of those patients who have recovered from COVID-19, as well as testing for the virus using stool samples.
Researchers based at Western University will study how the pandemic has affected food businesses, and another team at the University of Toronto will examine the immune response to the virus.
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