The Ontario government is funding 15 proposals for research projects aimed at the prevention, treatment and detection of COVID-19 as part of the province's $20-million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund.
According to the province, the projects will focus on areas of research such as vaccine development, diagnostics, drug trials and development, and social sciences.
"They have the potential to be a game changer, not just for Ontario, but for Canada and the entire world, and I want that vaccine to be discovered right here in Ontario," said Ontario Premier Doug Ford Thursday. "I want us to be the global leaders in this fight, and I know we will be."
There are currently 22 clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments happening across Ontario, 11 of which have been approved by Health Canada.
Premier Doug Ford is slated to provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in Ontario at 1:00 p.m. at Queen's Park today.
He will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, to make the announcement.
Village Media will carry the livestream, so stay tuned.