Two years after Trudeau promised a made-in-Canada COVID vaccine, the country is still waiting – CBC

The National Research Council site hasn’t produced a single vial of a COVID-19 vaccine

Aug 20, 2022

In the early days of the pandemic, the federal government announced a multi-million-dollar funding agreement with the National Research Council (NRC) to expand a vaccine facility in Montreal — a site Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said would pump out Canadian-made COVID-19 shots by November 2020.

Two years after the prime minister made that pledge, the NRC facility still hasn’t produced a single vial of a COVID-19 vaccine.

A spokesperson for the NRC, the federal entity dedicated to research and development, told CBC News its vaccine facility recently secured the necessary Health Canada approvals. But the NRC still offered no target date for when the biologics manufacturing centre (BMC) will be operational.

“The inspection by Health Canada took place in late July 2022 and the facility has been rated as compliant,” the NRC spokesperson said.

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