City of Saskatoon Invests $250,000 in International Vaccine Centre

Nov 1, 2004

The $62-million International Vaccine Centre, to be built on the University of Saskatchewan campus by 2009, has a new funding partner.

At its Nov. 1 meeting, City Council agreed to provide $250,000 over five years to the new research centre which will be one of the largest vaccine research laboratories in North America.

The U of S-owned facility, a multi-institutional collaboration that includes the university's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), the College of Medicine, and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, will conduct research aimed at protecting human and animal health from the threat of emerging diseases including SARS, avian influenza ("bird flu"), and West Nile virus. It will be the only facility of its kind in Western Canada.