Premier Moe hopes federal budget will include funding towards health care, infrastructure

Apr 19, 2021 | 12:00pm

Saskatchewan’s premier has laid out his hopes for the federal budget set to be announced Monday afternoon. Speaking to reporters on Friday about the budget announcement, Moe said he wants the federal government to commit to being a full-funding partner of health care with a lift to the Canada Health Transfer over the next year […]

Clinical trials start for USask’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate

Feb 11, 2021 | 1:12pm

Clinical trials have begun for another Canadian-made COVID-19 vaccine candidate, with three people receiving an initial dose on Wednesday. The Canadian Center for Vaccinology says the first of 108 healthy adult volunteers received injections in Halifax. The placebo-controlled study will administer two doses to each volunteer, 28 days apart. “It’s a product of Canadian science, […]

VIDO Intervac vaccine starts clinical trials in Halifax this week

Jan 11, 2021 | 10:55am

It’s expected the clinical trial for the VIDO’s COVID-19 vaccine will begin in the next week in Halifax. The University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infections Disease Organization was given the green light for clinical trials just before Christmas. Director and CEO, Dr. Volker Gerdts, says there is a site initiation visit Monday and paperwork is […]

VIDO-InterVac COVID-19 vaccine moving to first phase of clinical trial

Dec 23, 2020 | 7:50am

The COVID-19 vaccine created at Saskatoon’s VIDO-InterVac facility has received Health Canada approval to move to initiate Phase 1 clinical vaccine trial. VIDO Director and CEO Dr. Voker Gerdts says this is the first of their two COVID-19 subunit vaccines in development. Officials explained that subunit-based vaccines are a proven technology, that has been used […]

Saskatoon company nearing completion of plant-based COVID-19 vaccine

Dec 15, 2020 | 2:27pm

A plant-based COVID-19 vaccine could become a reality next year. The CEO of Saskatoon-based ZYUS Life Sciences, Brent Zettl, says through their partnership with VIDO-Intervac on the University of Saskatchewan campus, pre-clinical trials on animals will begin early next year. The proteins in vaccines are usually animal-based, so this model would be unique. Zettl says […]

U of S doctor explains what constitutes an outbreak being declared

May 28, 2020 | 2:15pm

The Head of Clinical Microbiology from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine says declaring a viral outbreak isn’t necessarily determined by the number of cases. Sometimes it’s the number of contacts in a group that person might have had. Dr. Joseph Blondeau says that’s why an outbreak can be declared in Saskatoon, like it […]

More progress made by Saskatchewan’s VIDO-InterVac as work continues on a vaccine for COVID-19

May 26, 2020 | 6:18am

VIDO-Intervac has made a major milestone towards creating a COVID-19 vaccine. Researchers at the Saskatchewan based lab have found testing in infected ferrets has proven to be highly effective, with a potential vaccine being able to decrease viral infection in the upper respiratory tract to almost undetectable levels. Acting Associate Director of Research, Dr. Scott […]

Exciting step forward in Saskatchewan COVID-19 vaccine research

May 25, 2020 | 1:17pm

The team working on a COVID-19 vaccine in Saskatchewan says the vaccine has proven highly effective in ferrets which is one of the most commonly used animal models for the novel coronavirus. To evaluate its effectiveness the ferrets received two immunizations prior to being exposed to SARS-Co-V-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Researchers at the […]

Collaboration between Vido-InterVac and NRC will speed up COVID-19 vaccination process

May 13, 2020 | 6:43am

The University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Centre, is going to be collaborating with the National Research Council of Canada to work together towards the development of a candidate COVID-19 antigen in mammalian cells. Director and CEO of VIDO-InterVac, Doctor Volker Gerdts says an antigen is the part of a vaccine that induces the […]