Health Canada has now approved the first Canadian clinical trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Saturday.
“The National Research Council of Canada will be working with the manufacturers, so that if these vaccine trials are successful, we can produce and distribute it here at home,” said Trudeau during a press conference outside his home.
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“Research and development take time, and must be done right,” he said. “But this is encouraging news.”
Last month, Trudeau said that the development of a vaccine ready for public distribution could take up to a year-and-a-half, adding that distancing measures currently in place will be “the new normal” until that happens.