Canada and international partners launch global response to Coronavirus

COVID-19 is a global pandemic transmitted by a virus that knows no borders. No country can get back on its feet until we have overcome the pandemic around the world. That is why we must work together, and Canada is participating in this fight. Canadian and international researchers are working hard to develop diagnostics, treatments and vaccines that will help save lives, protect the health and safety of people around the world, and lay the foundation for a global and sustainable economic recovery.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined other world leaders on May 4 to launch the Global Response to the Coronavirus. This international online donation call conference aims to raise more than US $ 8 billion during the first contribution period. These funds will help researchers and innovators develop solutions to test, treat and protect people, as well as to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the Government of Canada has so far announced investments of more than CA $ 850 million to support this funding target. These investments are intended, among other things, to accomplish the following:

  • mobilize knowledge resulting from coronavirus research and from the development of medical countermeasures by Canadian life science researchers and companies;
  • support accelerated vaccine development, including through the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, as well as other partners;
  • find a safe and effective treatment for COVID-19 as part of the World Health Organization’s “Solidarity” clinical trial;
  • coordinate efforts to sequence the virus genome and the COVID-19 host genome across Canada;
  • provide diagnostic support for COVID-19 to more than 20 partner countries;
  • create strategies to counter misinformation, stigma and fear.

More details here.

Montréal InVivo, in collaboration with Montréal International and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, invites you to a specialized webinar for the life sciences sector, Tuesday May 12 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. You can chat with representatives of the three levels of government on the tracks of economic recovery to come and their impacts on the life sciences sector and ask concrete questions on the winning conditions of recovery for your business.

Invited experts:

  • Michel Leblanc, President and Chief Executive Officer, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal;
  • Sylvain Giguère, chief economist and responsible for metropolitan economic development, Montreal Metropolitan Community;
  • Jonathan Gignac, Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Industries and Major Economic Projects, Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, Quebec;
  • Frances McRae, Assistant Deputy Minister, Market-Based Services and Small Business, Science and Economic Development of Canada, Government of Canada

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