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Canadian expert says he is confident COVID-19 vaccine is months, not years away

Last Updated Jun 12, 2020 at 1:28 pm PDT

In this Sept. 28, 2007 file photo, Gary Kobinger works in a mobile laboratory set up by the Public Health Agency of Canada in Mweka, Democratic Republic of Congo. Kobinger, one of Canada's pre-eminent vaccine researchers, says he is confident a vaccine for COVID-19 will be ready in months, not years. THE CANAIAN PRESS/AP-Christopher Black/World Health Organization via AP, File
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More than 100 possible vaccines are in development for COVID-19 around the world: Canadian doctor

Doctor who helped develop a vaccine, treatment for Ebola virus is working with labs around the world

Doctor says most vaccines usually take more than a decade to get to the market

OTTAWA — One of Canada’s preeminent infectious disease experts says he is confident a vaccine for COVID-19 will be ready in months, not years.

Dr. Gary Kobinger, director of the Research Centre on Infectious Diseases at Laval University in Quebec, says there are more than 100 possible vaccines in development for COVID-19 around the world.

Kobinger, who helped develop a vaccine and treatment for the deadly Ebola virus, is working with labs in Canada, the United States, Chile, China, Europe and Africa on their various candidates.

Many governments and public health experts have warned the physical distancing restrictions and public gathering limitations in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 may need to remain in place until a vaccine can be developed.

Kobinger says most vaccines usually take more than a decade to get to the market, but that in this case, with so many of the world’s brightest minds working on the problem, the work is going much faster than usual.

Kobinger was speaking today with Gov. Gen. Julie Payette as part of her series of virtual conversations.