Canadian scientists have successfully isolated the COVID-19 virus

Canadian scientists have successfully isolated the COVID-19 virus

Canadian scientists have successfully isolated the COVID-19 virus

A team of researchers in Toronto have been able to isolate severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the root cause of COVID-19.

An Indian researcher Dr Arinjay Banerjee is also a part of the team of researchers from Sunnybrook, McMaster University and the University of Toronto.

"The pace of our initial progress in COVID-19 is attributable to the capability of our plant-based platform which is able to produce vaccine and antibody solutions to counteract this global public health threat", said Dr. Bruce Clark, the company's chief executive officer. Production of the VLP is the first step in developing the vaccine, company officials said.

The biopharmaceutical company said the virus-like particle will now undergo testing for safety and efficacy.

However, there is now no timeline on when this vaccine could be made available for human use.

In Ottawa, Queensway Carleton Hospital and Foundation has developed a drive-thru testing centre that will be located outside its emergency department and will help minimize wait times for patients.

As the world continues to deal with the threat of coronavirus, scientists are trying their best to find a cure to halt the spread of the deadly virus, which has killed more than 4800 people globally.

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"We will keep it open for as long as we deem necessary", the hospital said in a tweet.

This news comes after researches at the University of Saskatchewan announced that they, too, had produced a vaccine and were entering the testing stages.

Stephen Hoption Cann of the University of British Columbia said drive-thrus in the city of Goyang allow people to stay in their cars as staff in protective clothing take samples from their throats and noses.

Ontario researchers aren't the only ones in Canada that are studying the virus.

As of Friday morning, there were 159 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including the Prime Minister's wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.

The team says it has only taken a few weeks for them to achieve this and that they will continue to work together in attempts to learn more about the virus.

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