A COVID vaccine is just the start, complicated decisions ahead

To date, Canada has signed deals with multiple pharmaceutical companies in hopes that their concoction and delivery method of a potential COVID-19 vaccine will be successful. This means $1 billion is on the line as Canada secures vaccinations.

“I think it’s important for Canadians to realize that it’s actually a good thing that there are all these different technologies in development right now,” says Dr. Volker Gerdts, a researcher at the University of Saskatchewan and CEO of Vido-Intervac. “You don’t want to just come up with one vaccine technique to find out, maybe it is too expensive to make it, too difficult to make it, too difficult to store it and transport it. Or maybe that it doesn’t even work.”

There are many researchers in Canada working on the front lines of vaccine research. One of the leaders in the race is a team from the University of Alberta, led

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