Canada strikes deal with China to make coronavirus vaccine

WION Web Team New Delhi, India May 14, 2020, 07.07 PM(IST)

Trudeau and Jinping Photograph:( AFP )

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The agreement between the two countries comes at a times when opinion of China has hit a new low in Canada amid coronavirus pandemic and Huawei case.

Canada's National Council has joined hands with China to develop a vaccine against the deadly coronavirus.

The trials will bring to Canadian soil Ad5-nCoV, a vaccine candidate under joint development by a Chinese company and the country’s military.

Backed by a state that has urgently sought a vaccine of global importance, Ad5-nCoV has been among the most rapidly developed of numerous candidates around the world.

Canada struck an agreement to support its development on its soil by manufacturing doses that can be administered in human tests and for emergency pandemic use.

''We are going to get to evaluate it for safety and efficacy in canada, as is being done already in china, and canada will now be part of the front-runner story,” said Roman Szumski, vice-president of life sciences for the NRC.

If the tests succeed, the vaccine candidate could seek health Canada’s approval for emergency use as early as per Szumski.

It is already undergoing concurrent first- and second-phase human trials in China.

The agreement between the two countries comes at a times when opinion of China has hit a new low in Canada amid coronavirus and Huawei case.

There are also growing concerns in canada whether to allow Huawei in its 5G infrastructure or not. A report revealed in February claimed how Canadian military warned Trudeau regarding dangers of Huawei to the Canadian security.

More than 1 lakh Canadians have signed a petition to ban the company in ther country.