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Friday, June 12, 2020

In pursuit of a vaccine: The global race to produce a vaccine that will protect us from COVID-19

Stock image of coronovirus

While we continue to see the number of positive and recovered cases change across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a threat to everyone’s health and well-being. There’s a global race to produce a vaccine that will be effective in protecting us from the virus and perhaps be our best hope for ending the pandemic.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Q and A with the experts: explaining the surface transmission of COVID-19

Trevor Charles

Many COVID-19 cases have been reported through community transmission, with 81 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Canada likely spreading this way.

What can be done to track the spread of COVID-19 on surfaces in our community?

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Q and A with the experts: Medication shortages and access during the pandemic

Kelly Grindrod

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, pharmacists are reporting a spike in drug shortages.

Professor Kelly Grindrod, a pharmacist and professor at the School of Pharmacy, explains why drug shortages are occurring, which medications are affected, and how Canadians can access medications at this time.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

University of Waterloo pharmacy researchers developing DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine

SARS-CoV-2 virus image

Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing a DNA-based vaccine that can be delivered through a nasal spray.

The vaccine will work by using engineered bacteriophage, a process that will allow the vaccine to stimulate an immune response in the nasal cavity and target tissues in the lower respiratory tract.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

New refrigerator allows study of chemical reactions at quantum level

Super-cooled Sodium-Lithium molecule

Researchers have discovered the first working refrigerator for cooling molecules to ultracold temperatures. These can be powerful candidates for running quantum computers and quantum simulators.