A vaccine plant, a priority for Quebec

Une usine de vaccins, prioritaire à Québec

While the economy of the province is on break, a rare construction, that of Medicago, has been able to resume service in Quebec city Monday. The firm, committed to fighting the coronavirus, wants to increase its vaccine production capacity by 2023.

A week after the interruption of economic activity in non-essential workers have already reinvested the construction site in the D’estimauville district, noted The Journal. It should soon regain its normal rate.

“We made the approach to the government to assert the importance of continuing the project, and it is in this context-where we had the exemption,” confirms Jean-Luc Martre, senior vice president, marketing and business development at Medicago.

The Journal has been able to see the installation of a health post with sink and soap at the entrance of the construction site.”>

The Journal has been able to see the installation of a health post with sink and soap at the entrance of the construction site.

Vaccine

The biopharmaceutical company said it has developed a vaccine candidate against the COVID-19 promising, which has earned him an aid of $ 7 million in Quebec and another non-encrypted Ottawa.

Although the complex of at least $ 245 million will not be fully operational until 2023, it is vital not to delay the work, estimates the company.

“We don’t know how it will behave this virus-here. […] Is that it is a virus that will come back periodically ? The experts are not unanimous on this issue “, said Mr Marten.

In this context, ” to have a plant that will have the ability to provide a vaccine in large numbers, it is an emergency. “

Precisely, the future commercial plant could in theory produce up to 200 million doses per year of a pandemic vaccine.

A factory “pilot” will be created in the same complex and could be opened earlier, at the beginning of 2022.

“I like to work better “

In the meantime, the firm is able to continue the development of its vaccine against the new coronavirus in its current facilities in Quebec.

At the jobsite in D’estimauville, an employee does not complain about return to work. “The guidelines [health] are followed to the letter. I like work better “, he launched.

The ministry of Economy has not been able to answer our questions, Monday afternoon.

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