Researchers isolate COVID-19 virus, press forward on vaccine development

March 17, 2020

A team of researchers from McMaster University, University of Toronto, and Sunnybrook Research Institute have successfully isolated the COVID-19 virus. “Now that we have isolated the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we can share this with other researchers and continue this teamwork,” said McMaster NSERC Post-doctoral Fellow Arinjay Banerjee. “The more viruses that are made available in this way, the more we can learn, collaborate and share.” The Montréal Gazette adds that Quebec-based company Medicago has produced a virus-like particle of the virus—the first step of the development of a vaccine—and has been studying developing antibodies in collaboration with Université Laval. Innovate Saskatchewan has also provided the University of Saskatchewan’s VIDO-IVC with $200K to support their research on a vaccine. USask is reportedly currently evaluating the safety and efficiency of potential vaccines and medications.  Sunnybrook  | Montreal Gazette  | SK (ON, QC, SK)