My radical curiousity has lead me to ask where are the Canadian manufacturers of COVID vaccine.
We used to hae Connaught Labs at Steeles Avenue and Dufferin St in North York. Then it disappeared. No more vaccine capacity of significance in Canada.
Then recently, I learned about Medicago and its greenhouses in Quebec City.
This business is one of the most interesting and innovative organizations that I have ever heard or read about and I have been around for a while.
Medicago uses plants as bioreactors. The plants produce virus like particles (VLP) which resemble Sars-COV-2. Spike proteins and all.
Check this out below. The virus and the virus like particle.
The virus like particles (VLPs) are injected into us humans which results in the development of antibodies to COVID 19.
Medicago has partnered with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to produce the final vaccine which is entering into phase 3 trials at this time.
I am a total supporter of Medicago and wish them well on the way to making 1,000,000,000 vaccines per year. By the way, they also have a vaccine for Ebola.
High fives all around.
Raymond Rupert patient advocate and disruptor of healthcare for the common good.