Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Canada has consulted with experts from around the world and supported Canadian researchers to help combat this new coronavirus.
“The outbreak of COVID-19 evolves quickly, and protecting the health of Canadians is our priority. The additional teams of researchers receiving funding today will help Canada quickly generate the evidence we need to contribute to the global understanding of the COVID-19 illness. Their essential work will contribute to the development of effective vaccines, diagnostics, treatments, and public health responses.”
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health
On March 11, 2020, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, outlined an investment of $275 million to enhance Canada’s capacity in research and development, as part of Canada’s COVID-19 response, including research on medical countermeasures, including antivirals, vaccine development and support for clinical trials.
Today, the Trudeau government rollout $25 million in research funding allowing the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to rapidly double the number of COVID-19 research projects funded, adding 49 new projects to the 47 projects previously announced on March 6. That brings the total to 96 projects led by researchers across the country that will focus on developing and implementing measures to rapidly detect, manage, and reduce the transmission of COVID-19.