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  • Saskatoon's VIDO-InterVac becoming 'go-to' hub for COVID-19 research, says director

    Saskatchewan’s top vaccine researchers have been keeping busy. CEO and director Dr. Volker Gerdts said the VIDO-InterVac is testing COVID-19 vaccines, antiviral drugs and therapeutics for more than 70 companies in Canada and across the world.

  • A closer look at Canada's homegrown COVID-19 vaccine candidates

    Scientists across Canada are using a range of technologies to produce immunity against SARS-CoV-2

  • VIDO-InterVac update on COVID-19 antiviral funding, vaccine research

    VIDO-InterVac director Dr. Volker Gerdts joins Global News Morning for an update on their COVID-19 vaccine research, along with recent funding for antiviral research.

  • Saskatoon lab to test antiviral compounds' response to COVID-19

    VIDO-InterVac at the University of Saskatchewan has been awarded a grant of $830,000 to help collaborate with global research leaders on the response to fight COVID-19.

  • A COVID vaccine is just the start, complicated decisions ahead

    As cases of COVID-19 spike-up again across Canada, more questions are arising about a potential vaccine

  • Quirks & Quarks: Fast, effective and ethically distributed — what we need from a COVID vaccine

    With scientists promising a vaccine in record time, how do we know the results are safe? Dr. Alyson Kelvin talks with Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald.

  • A Virologist Explains The Realities Of Biomedical Research During A Pandemic

    Dr. Jason Kindrachuk, an infectious disease expert, examines the progress so far and the challenges that remain for researchers studying COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

  • Podcast: No Nonsense with Pamela Wallin

    In this episode, Senator Wallin and Dr. Volker Gerdts discuss coronavirus vaccine development, the second wave and herd immunity.

  • How to vaccinate a planet

    What it will take to build the fastest inoculation program in history and defeat COVID-19

  • VIDO-InterVac one step from COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials

    VIDO-InterVac is one step away from getting the green light for clinical trials of their COVID-19 vaccine. Director Dr. Volker Gerdts tells us what that step is, and when trials could begin.

  • U of S research team uses comics, videos to make information about COVID-19 accessible

    A team of doctors, artists, engineers, and medical professionals collaborated on the COVID-19 informational comics and videos.

  • Podcast: Inside Canada's race for a COVID-19 vaccine

    A global race for a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is underway.

  • USask’s VIDO-InterVac partners with Canadian manufacturers to combat COVID-19

    The University of Saskatchewan’s VIDO-InterVac has partnered with Dalton Pharma Services (Dalton), as well as Biodextris, in the effort to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

  • Sask. vaccine developer locks in Canadian manufacturers for human clinical trials

    The University of Saskatchewan's VIDO-InterVac has contracted two Canadian pharmaceutical companies to manufacture ingredients for its potential COVID-19 vaccine to be used in the first stages of human clinical trials.

  • Podcast: No Nonsense with Pamela Wallin

    In this episode, Senator Wallin and Dr. Volker Gerdts discuss the work currently being done by VIDO-InterVac at the University of Saskatchewan to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

  • USask’s VIDO-InterVac team collaborating with other universities to develop COVID-19 vaccine

    The University of Saskatchewan’s VIDO-InterVac team is nearing human clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine being developed. They’re now collaborating with the University of Manitoba and Dalhousie University.

  • COVID-19 vaccine at VIDO-InterVac on track for human trials this fall

    Work on a COVID-19 vaccine continues to show encouraging results at Saskatoon’s VIDO-InterVac at the University of Saskatchewan.

  • Podcast: Volker Gerdts on the search for a vaccine

    Dr. Volker Gerdts was a guest on the Conference Board of Canada's Bright Future podcast. The episode covers vaccine development, Canada’s place in solving a global problem, and how VIDO-InterVac is positioning itself to be Canada’s pandemic centre.

  • On the verge

    In the uncertain reality of an ongoing global pandemic, anticipation is building around the development of a vaccine.

  • VIDO-InterVac shifts focus to hamsters in efforts to create COVID-19 vaccine

    CEO Dr. Volker Gerdts says VIDO-InterVac is now focusing on comparing the results in hamsters after demonstrating the vaccine's efficacy in ferrets.

  • Inside the Saskatoon lab developing a COVID-19 vaccine

    Dr. Volker Gerdts is already thinking about the next pandemic. The director and CEO of VIDO-InterVac and his team have been working on a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, since before it even had a name.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Development in Canada

    Interview with Dr. Gerdts -- part of the COVID-19 Rebound Series Supported by Genome Canada on The Future Economy

  • Labs across Canada tracking COVID-19 mutations to understand which are circulating and compare internationally

    Laboratories say genetic changes will help find source of new cases when borders open

  • It can take 10 years to develop a vaccine. How do you do it in one? Inside Canada's race for a COVID-19 vaccine

    Dr. Darryl Falzarano is a vaccine hunter. Until the COVID-19 pandemic struck, his lab was focused on developing vaccines for camels against MERS.

  • Sask. research paves way for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

    Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan say early tests on a COVID-19 vaccine was effective in ferrets, which paves the way for a clinical trial.

  • Canadian vaccine candidate shows promising results

    Power & Politics speaks to Dr. Volker Gerdts, director at VIDO-InterVac.

  • Potential COVID-19 vaccine clears 'major milestone': Sask. researchers

    Research centre says candidate vaccine induced a 'strong immune response' in ferrets

  • Saskatoon company using plants to help search for COVID-19 vaccine

    A Saskatoon-based company best known for its research on medical cannabis is collaborating with leading vaccine researchers to see if plant cells can produce a key ingredient for a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • For Canada, Finding a Vaccine Will Only Be Part of the Equation

    As many provinces ease up on some coronavirus restrictions — notably in Quebec, which has decided to reopen some schools — the discussion about vaccines has been increasing.

  • VIDO-InterVac making progress on vaccine

    There are some promising early signs as researchers at the VIDO-InterVac develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

  • 'A race against the disease': Canadian researchers part of global effort to develop COVID-19 vaccine

    'We have a highly motivated team, and everybody is willing to step up and do as much as they can'

  • Progress in the development of VIDO-Intervac’s novel coronavirus vaccine

    Global News Morning Saskatoon Interview

  • The Canadian Search for a Vaccine

    The Bridge with Peter Mansbridge: The inside story of a busy research lab in Saskatoon and its part of a world wide race to stop a killer

  • On the front lines of the coronavirus-vaccine battle

    Canadian virologist Alyson Kelvin raced across the country to begin a collaboration with VIDO-InterVac to develop vaccines against COVID-19.

  • Sask. researchers say they successfully decontaminated N95 masks for reuse

    Interview on CBC Saskatchewan Weekend

  • SHA and VIDO-InterVac partner to decontaminate and reuse N95 masks

    In the face of a global shortage of N95 respiratory masks, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and VIDO-InterVac in Saskatoon have developed a way to decontaminate the masks and extend their single-use lifespan.

  • VIDO-Intervac to sterilize used N-95 masks for re-use, establishing emergency supply

    As the world faces supply issues for N-95 medical-grade respirator masks in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SHA and USask are striking a deal to create an emergency supply out of masks already in the province.

  • Ferrets to be tested for immunity after receiving COVID-19 vaccine says VIDO-InterVac Director

    Dozens of ferrets and hamsters at Saskatoon’s VIDO-InterVac will soon show scientists whether they have developed immunity to the COVID-19 virus.

  • Decouverte: Prévenir et guérir

    To counter the COVID-19 pandemic, humanity has no effective treatment or vaccine to date. Discovery followed three teams of researchers who are mobilizing to fill this gap.

  • Ferrets, hamsters will soon reveal whether Canadian vaccine bid has a shot

    Dr. Volker Gerdts estimates there are upwards of 200 ferrets at his vaccine research facility in Saskatoon right now, including a shipment of more than 100 recent arrivals. Not to mention dozens of hamsters.

  • Coronavirus: Saskatoon lab tests potential vaccine on ferrets

    A University of Saskatchewan lab says it is on the forefront of developing a vaccine for the novel coronavirus and a manufacturing lab to produce it.

  • A look at the search for a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada

    Thousands of scientists around the world are working on problems raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the search for a vaccine against the virus. Canadian researchers are part of that search.

  • How science is accelerating to try and catch up with COVID-19

    Canada needs its own vaccine for the novel coronavirus, says virologist Alyson Kelvin. 'If all countries are experiencing this at the same time, no one is going to be able to share with us.'

  • A look at research being done in Canada for a coronavirus vaccine

    Thousands of scientists around the world are working on problems raised by the coronavirus pandemic, including the search for a vaccine against the virus. Canadian researchers are part of that search.

  • COVID-19 – Accelerating Vaccine Development and Manufacturing

    As the COVID-19 outbreak rapidly evolves, work to develop a vaccine and to test antivirals and other therapeutics continues in parallel.

  • 'Lab in a box': Scientists race to expand coronavirus testing

    Transnational research team wants to create a system that will allow more people in rural areas be tested for COVID-19.

  • Saskatchewan researchers to help test possible COVID-19 vaccines

    Saskatchewan researchers are part of a team of looking for solutions in the fight against the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

  • How far are we from a coronavirus vaccine

    As we watch diagnoses of the new coronavirus disease increase globally and we hunker down to minimize transmission the world holds out hope for a new coronavirus vaccine.

  • Témoignages au coeur de la recherche sur le vaccin contre la COVID-19 en Saskatchewan

    À Saskatoon, le Centre de recherche sur les vaccins et les maladies infectieuses de l'Université de la Saskatchewan (VIDO-InterVac) est au centre de l’attention depuis plusieurs jours.

  • $12 M Awarded for New COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturing Efforts

    s the COVID-19 outbreak continues to rapidly evolve, the federal government is announcing $23.3 million in total support for the University of Saskatchewan's VIDO-InterVac.

  • How a lab in Sask. that focuses on animals became Canada's $23M hope for a COVID-19 vaccine

    Finding a pan-coronavirus vaccine has never been a winning pitch for grant money — until now

  • Sask. researchers try to develop a vaccine and find treatments for COVID-19

    Host Garth Materie talks with the director of the University of Saskatchewan VIDO InterVac research centre looking to develop a vaccine for coronavirus.

  • How three Canadian research teams are battling the pandemic

    We don’t yet know how to prevent, treat and address all the ramifications of COVID-19, but many university-based researchers are trying. Canadian academics are working on dozens of research projects on the virus, with more to follow.

  • Interview with CBC Saskatoon Morning with Jen Quesnel

    Could the spread of viruses like COVID-19, become the new normal? Scott Napper is the Interim Associate Director of Research at VIDO-InterVac. He spoke with Saskatoon Morning's Jennifer Quesnel.

  • Vaccin pour le COVID-19 : Deux francophones font partie des recherches à Saskatoon

    La gestionnaire de projet Élodie Pastural et le vétérinaire Alain Fafard travaillent en équipe à l’institut de recherche VIDO-InterVac. Leur objectif : développer le plus rapidement possible un vaccin contre la COVID-19.

  • Feds pledge $23.3M for VIDO-InterVac amid COVID-19 pandemic

    The federal government has committed $23.3 million for the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization — International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac).

  • Makers of 1st coronavirus vaccine in Saskatchewan get $28M in federal, provincial funding

    A Saskatoon lab that has created Canada’s first coronavirus vaccine – which is currently in the testing stage but still a long way from being manufactured – has now received $28 million from the federal and provincial governments since January.

  • Ottawa to fund existing coronavirus research projects

    Ottawa will fund existing research projects across Canada to improve the odds of finding vaccines and treatments against COVID-19, as well as invest in future vaccine-production capabilities.

  • Trudeau announces $23 million for VIDO-InterVac’s COVID-19 vaccine development

    With their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine currently in animal testing, the federal government is allocating $23 million to help support the next phases of clinical testing which includes a new manufacturing facility.

  • The economics of finding a vaccine for COVID-19

    Financial challenges to finding a coronavirus vaccine are significant but not insurmountable

  • COVID-19: U of S lab develops animal model for COVID vaccine testing

    The University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) is the first Canadian lab to develop an animal model for COVID-19 vaccine testing.

  • VIDO-InterVac is finding a vaccine for COVID-19

    Director and CEO of VIDO-InterVac, Dr. Volker Gerdis, joins us to talk about how they are creating a vaccine.

  • Calgary Eyeopener with David Gray, Angela Knight

    We talk to Paul Hodgson, the associate director of the VIDO-InterVac lab at the University of Saskatchewan, about the race to find a vaccine for COVID-19.

  • Director Of The COVID-19 Vaccine Research Team Explains The Process & What's To Come

    COVID-19 was recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. As we speak, a research lab in Canada has been working hard on a potential vaccine.

  • Two Canadian teams of scientists isolate coronavirus to speed research effort

    Two teams of Canadian scientists have isolated the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and successfully reproduced it in the laboratory.

  • Saskatoon researchers develop potential covid-19 vaccine

    Since early January, scientists in one corner of the University of Saskatchewan have been studying the way Covid-19 infects people. They work at the Vaccine Infectious Diseases Organization International Vaccine Centre.

  • Canada's First Coronavirus Vaccine Made In Saskatchewan Is Now In Testing Stages

    While the world is making monumental changes in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, a vaccine is being worked on in Canada. And now, a Saskatchewan coronavirus vaccine is officially in the testing stages.

  • Saskatoon research lab gets $200,000 to find COVID-19 vaccine

    The province is providing researchers at the University of Saskatchewan with $200,000 to help find a vaccine for COVID-19.

  • Sask. government gives $200,000 for COVID-19 vaccine research

    A Saskatoon lab is receiving $200,000 from the provincial government to work on the search for a COVID-19 vaccine as global health officials officially label the situation a pandemic.

  • Ferrets, a Saskatoon lab and the leading edge of the race for a coronavirus vaccine

    A Saskatoon-based lab is at the forefront of the global race to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

  • U of S team gets federal dollars to develop COVID-19 vaccine

    Saskatchewan researchers have been tapped to assist in a global effort to find a vaccine for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 100,000 people around the globe since it was first detected in central China in 2019.

  • From ferrets to mice and marmosets, labs scramble to find right animals for coronavirus studies

    Ferrets are among the animals researchers are infecting with the Covid-19 virus as they search for a suitable species to use in tests of vaccines and drugs.

  • Saskatoon microbiologist says hand washing is the best protection against the coronavirus

    Saskatoon microbiologist says hand washing is the best protection against the coronavirus

  • CBC The Current: Coronavirus vaccine development

    What will it take to get a coronavirus vaccine out quickly, and safely?

  • New coronavirus may be no more dangerous than the flu despite worldwide alarm: experts

    The apparent high initial mortality rates have shrunk as the number of infections grows, and many of the infected appear to have mild or no symptoms

  • It could be up to three years before a coronavirus vaccine is accessible, Canadian scientists say

    The team at the International Vaccines facility are in preliminary stages of developing a prototype and say it could be a year before the vaccine is ready to test on humans

  • Canadian scientists join the global race to find a vaccine for the coronavirus

    A group of scientists in Saskatchewan is working to create a vaccine that would protect against multiple strains of coronavirus, including the latest that originated in Wuhan, China, and triggered a global health emergency this month.

  • Breaking down the coronavirus outbreak

    The coronavirus has been causing concern around the world, including Canada and Saskatchewan. But with any outbreak, there's just as much misinformation and credible information.

  • Go inside the high-security lab where scientists search for a coronavirus vaccine

    Researchers at VIDO-InterVac take us inside a Level 3 lab where they work with deadly viruses

  • Saskatchewan lab joins global effort to develop coronavirus vaccine

    As Canadian public health agencies prepare to deal with a new viral illness, a specialized lab in Saskatoon is using its research on different strains of the coronavirus to help develop a vaccine

  • U of S researchers get green light to work on coronavirus vaccine

    University of Saskatchewan researchers are developing a vaccine for a deadly new type of coronavirus originating from China.

  • Saskatoon lab joins race for coronavirus vaccine

    Saskatchewan’s low level of risk for being affected by the new coronavirus outbreak isn’t stopping one of the province’s laboratories from jumping into the vaccine race.

  • Sask. researchers aiming to develop a vaccine for coronavirus outbreak in China

    Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are aiming to develop a vaccine that could help address an outbreak of coronavirus that has killed six people in China.

  • Researchers at VIDO working on vaccine for deadly new coronavirus

    Interview on CBC Saskatoon Morning's Jennifer Quesnel