This is DAY 55 of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s what you need to know on Monday, May 4, 2020
As economies begin to re-open in countries around the world, the international focus is turning to vaccine and treatment research.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took part in a virtual meeting of international political and industry leaders on Monday morning to discuss the plan to coordinate those research efforts.
As a footnote, the United States did not take part in the conference call.
$23 million of that federal funding is going to the University of Saskatchewan. Their researchers were the first in Canada to map this coronavirus. Paul Hodgson is the Assoc Business Development Director, VIDO-InterVac in Regina. He told CTV News they are moving fairly quickly with the development of a vaccine.
Hodgson says there are dozens of companies and research teams working on their own vaccines.
He says this initial funding will support their work on the first 2 of the 3 development stages he described.
If all goes well, Hodgson is optimistic they will be working on the final development stage by the end of the calendar year.
Coming up in the podcast, we’ll feature a conversation with Professor Nikolai Petrovsky – He’s the director of endocrinology at flinders medical centre in Adelaide, Australia.
The second focus this week will be the ongoing blame game with Washington and Beijing locked in heightened rhetoric over how the coronavirus became a world-wide pandemic.
Some observers say the standoff has the makings of a China-US Cold War.
US President Donald Trump continues to insist, contrary to the advice of his intelligence services, that the coronavirus was either created in or released from a virology lab in Wuhan. He made the point during a Sunday night virtual town hall on FOX News.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was even more definitive during an appearance on ABC’s This Week.
The Chinese state-backed Wuhan Institute of Virology has dismissed the allegations, and other US officials have downplayed their likelihood.
Most experts believe the virus originated in a market selling wildlife in Wuhan and jumped from animals to people.
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