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A lab in Canada has begun work on a coronavirus vaccine

A lab in Canada has now officially started developing a coronavirus vaccine.

The Saskatoon-based laboratory — known as "VIDO-InterVac" — has been given the green-light by Public Health Canada to begin efforts to find a cure to the respiratory disease.

With the death toll soaring past 100 in China, the need to find a cure is more pressing than ever before.

Dr. Volker Gerdts — the Director of VIDO-InterVac — says that the lab is hoping to have "positive results" in the next few months. He added that they're aiming to have the first vaccines ready for testing on animals in the next six to eight weeks.

The researchers were initially relying on obtaining samples of the virus from the U.S. and China. It's unclear whether they are now using samples from the cases in Toronto.

The team is led by two experts who are experienced with the coronavirus family of viruses, including SARS and MERS.

Naturally, Canadians are relieved by the news.

One man wanted to thank the researchers for their efforts.

And another Twitter user wanted to remind people in Wuhan to stay strong.

With Canada still refusing to issue a countrywide travel advisory to China, it's comforting to know that Canadian researchers are hard at work to find a cure to coronavirus.

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