Daily Media Digest April 14, 2020

All non-COVID19 research and clinical trials at hospitals suspended or cancelled due to funding crunch
The Star
“Leaders at Canada’s biggest hospitals have written an urgent plea to the prime minister to extend the federal wage subsidy or risk “catastrophic” layoffs at hospital-based research institutes across the country.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, hospital-based research institutes

Calgary researchers hope to prove hydroxychloroquine effective in COVID-19 treatment

CTV News
“Researchers at the University of Calgary are asking for Albertans to participate in a trial of a drug that could fight COVID-19.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, innovative treatment

CNF Covid-19 Fund for Nurses
“This pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to all of us. Nurses and health care providers across the country are at the front lines keeping our families, friends and communities safe. Their tireless efforts in this ever-changing battle against Covid-19 is crucial.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, frontline workers

Call for Proposals: York University is offering up to $250,000 for COVID-19 research proposals
“Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars have been committed to this Call as a demonstration of our on-going commitment to research and innovation in this most difficult period. Applicants from across the University are encouraged to apply with a focus on any aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, research funding

McMaster University racing to create home-based COVID-19 test
“McMaster University researchers are hoping to get a home-based COVID-19 testing kit approved and manufactured in the next several months.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, testing kit

SHA and USask’s VIDO-InterVac partner to help ensure supply of N95 respirator masks
Yorkton This Week
“The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, personal protective equipment

Canadian at work on COVID-19 vaccine is optimistic
National Observer
“… a preventative HIV vaccine which is currently in human clinical trials. Now … nearly a million dollars through Canadian Institutes of Health Research.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, vaccine development

Saskatoon Based Lab’s COVID-19 Vaccine in Animal Testing Stage
“VIDO-InterVac is one of only a handful of labs in the world, and the only one in Canada with a COVID-19 vaccine currently in the animal testing stages.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, vaccine development

Johnson & Johnson and Award-Winning Journalist Lisa Ling Explore What It Takes to End a Pandemic
“A live weekly original video series will delve into the work underway to develop a vaccine to help bring the unprecedented COVID-19 global pandemic to an end.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, pandemic

Laurentian, partners using 3D printers to create protective equipment
The Sudbury Star
“Gisele Roberts, Laurentian’s manager of innovation and commercialization, put in a call to Health Sciences North to see how Laurentian could help.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, personal protective equipment