Canadian Researchers have Successfully Isolated the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A Canadian research team has successfully isolated the Coronavirus/COVID-19. This was accomplished due to the collaboration of researchers from the Sunnybrook Research Institute, University of Toronto, and McMaster University.

Thanks to the collaboration, they were able to culture the virus from two clinical specimens in a Level 3 containment facility, located in Canada.

“RESEARCHERS FROM THESE WORLD-CLASS INSTITUTIONS CAME TOGETHER IN A GRASSROOTS WAY TO SUCCESSFULLY ISOLATE THE VIRUS IN JUST A FEW SHORT WEEKS,”

Dr. Rob Kozack (Sunnybrook Microbiologist)

The now isolated virus should help researchers globally develop better diagnostic testing, vaccines, and treatment. A better understanding of the coronavirus will also help prevent an outbreak like this from happening again.

Dr. Arinjay Banerjee, an RC post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University, said he knows the collaboration won’t stop there.

“NOW THAT WE HAVE ISOLATED THE SARS-COV-2 VIRUS, (Coronavirus) WE CAN SHARE THIS WITH OTHER RESEARCHERS AND CONTINUE THIS TEAMWORK,”  

If everything goes correctly, this outbreak should be reduced in the next few months. This would not be possible with researchers from these three Canadian institutions: Dr. Samira Mubareka and Dr. Rob Kozak of Sunnybrook and University of Toronto; Dr. Arinjay Banerjee and Dr. Karen Mossman of McMaster University.

Information from Sunnybrook.

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