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Reliable funding for coronavirus research key in bracing for future outbreaks, say experts, former MPs

By Palak Mangat and Aidan Chamandy      

'The broad support for research is critical if we're going to be able to respond rapidly to new emerging pathogens like COVID-19,' says Dr. Alan Bernstein, the founding president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on March 23, 2020, announced last month that the government is spending $275-million for medical research on coronavirus. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

As the world races to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, and governments continue to grapple with the fallout of a global pandemic, Canadian researchers, experts, and former Parliamentarians say stable research funding for pandemic preparedness is crucial to respond to the current outbreak and prepare the country for the next one.

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com


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