April 20, 2021
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
Dear Minister Champagne,
The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate and thank the federal government for its $59.2 million investment in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization and International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) to support its vaccine candidates and expand its facility at the University of Saskatchewan.
VIDO boasts a track record of success, strong international reputation, research infrastructure, productive relationships with university-based research communities, and expertise at the intersection of animal and human health. With the support of your government, VIDOInterVac will be able to advance its vision of becoming Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research and continue to address one of the most significant health challenges of our generation.
As your government has signaled, now is the time to expand Canada’s capacity for biomanufacturing, focus on emerging diseases, and proactively develop vaccines that are available before those diseases unleash pandemics that destroy lives and livelihoods around the world.
As Saskatoon’s voice for business, we want to thank you for your commitment to this important project and investing in VIDO-InterVac’s vital work.
Jason Aebig, CEO