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Canadian Company Claims It Has Developed Virus Vaccine

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By    |   Thursday, 12 March 2020 05:39 PM

A Canadian company says it has a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Medicago, a biopharmaceutical company headquarter in Quebec City that uses plant-based technology to produce vaccines, said it has produced a Virus-Like Particle of the coronavirus just 20 days after obtaining the SARS-CoV-2 gene.

"Production of the VLP is the first step in developing a vaccine for COVID-19, which will now undergo preclinical testing for safety and efficacy," the company said in a press release. "Once this is completed, Medicago expects to discuss with the appropriate Health Agencies to initiate human trials of the vaccine by summer (July/August) 2020."

Medicago CEO Bruce Clark said his company could produce as many as 10 million doses a month. The vaccine, he said, could become available in November if regulatory hurdles can be cleared.

"There are a couple of others who are claiming that they have — well, we will call them vaccine[s]" for COVID-19, he told Defense One. "But they're different technologies. Some are RNA- or DNA-based vaccines that have not yet been proven in any indication yet, let alone this one. Hopefully, they'll be successful."

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