Hospitals of Regina Foundation Donates $150K to VIDO

The Hospitals of Regina Foundation have invested over $150,000 to help establish Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research at the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). This move aims to help protect Saskatchewan residents from emerging disease threats.

The funding will help expand VIDO’s infrastructure to develop new vaccines. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, VIDO became a national leader in vaccine research. They’ve recently announced a positive interim Phase 1 result for COVAC-2, just one of their COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

“We are pleased to be investing in this new vaccine centre in our province to support the research and development of a made-in Saskatchewan COVID-19 vaccine, as well as other vaccines that will positively impact the health of our southern Saskatchewan community and prepare our province for the next pandemic,” said HRF president and CEO Dino Sophocleous. “With what we’ve experienced over the past year and a half, this is a needed step in building our capacity to deal with future pandemics.”

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