Canada indicators offer to create Novavax coronavirus vaccine at Montreal facility

Primary Minister Justin Trudeau claims Canada has signed a tentative agreement for Novavax to deliver millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Canada the moment it really is approved for use listed here.

The U.S. firm is nonetheless accomplishing clinical trials of its vaccine but if Wellbeing Canada approves it, a new Nationwide Exploration Council facility in Montreal will begin pumping out Novavax doses when the setting up is concluded afterwards this yr.

It would be the initially COVID-19 vaccine to be made domestically.

Canada is at present at the mercy of overseas governments, which could at any time slam the doors shut to vaccine exports till their own folks are vaccinated.

That risk turns into ever more actual this 7 days as Europe’s new export controls on vaccines get hold, putting at hazard Canada’s entire source of COVID-19 vaccines.

Trudeau also says supplemental vaccines could be created in Saskatchewan and Vancouver, but there are no promotions with other vaccine makers to use those amenities still.

The College of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Ailment Group, which acquired a $46-million funding raise from Ottawa past yr, could now make 40 million doses a year, and Precision NanoSystems in Vancouver, which obtained a federal grant of $23 million, can develop 240 million doses.

All doses from the at present permitted vaccines staying made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are getting produced in Europe.