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.”
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However, Moe said provincial funding is contingent on the federal government committing funds to the project.
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Moe said he has written a letter to the federal government supporting VIDO’s request for $45 million for the project.
The City of Saskatoon has committed $250,000 to the $65-million project — contingent on federal and provincial funding. The project has also received funding from private donors…