Is Canada Ready for the Next Big Pandemic?

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St. Michael’s scientists are getting set to create a national pandemic preparedness system that will improve Canada’s capacity to identify and track new pathogens, monitor disease spread and speed up research and development of diagnostic tests, vaccines and therapeutics. That’s thanks to a recent boost of $18.9 million in federal funding.

The PREPARED network will enlist up to 50 primary care clinics and emergency departments across Canada, plus research institutions and industry partners to build a coordinated ecosystem that can swiftly respond to new viruses or pathogens.

The goal is to prepare Canada for the next pandemic — which is only a matter of time, says Dr. Andrew Pinto, project lead and scientist and family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.

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