Over 100 new projects to get $518 million in federal research funding News Staff

OTTAWA — Efforts to boost Canada’s ability to produce vaccines are among over 100 research projects receiving new federal money. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $518 million Wednesday he says will support the work of nearly 1,000 researchers.

The projects receiving the cash also include ocean sensors to track climate change and setting up a digital archive to house records related to residential schools.

The vaccine-related funding will be directed to the researchers from the Universite Laval-affiliated hospitals in Quebec City.

Their aim is to create a public vaccine production program that will help develop and test vaccines and launch related startup companies.

Frustration that Canada is reliant on foreign manufacturers to access the COVID-19 vaccine has led to calls to boost Canada’s domestic capabilities. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 3, 2021. 

The Canadian Press

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