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Inside Canada's race for a COVID-19 vaccine

For months, CBC Saskatoon reporter Alicia Bridges was granted special access to the work of Canadian scientists racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Today on Front Burner, their trials and tribulations and what it could mean for Canadians’ access to one.
CBC Saskatoon reporter Alicia Bridges types questions on her cellphone and holds them up to the glass of a Containment Level 3 lab at VIDO-InterVac. Research scientist Darryl Falzarano, the project leader for VIDO-InterVac's COVID-19 vaccine, is working with samples of the virus. (Matthew Garand/CBC)

A global race for a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is underway. More than 160 of them are in different stages of testing around the world.

Canada is in this race, too. A group of scientists at VIDO-InterVac — the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization in Saskatoon — is trying to get through a decade's worth of testing and approvals as early as next year. 

Today on Front Burner, CBC Saskatoon reporter Alicia Bridges takes us inside a lab working on a Canadian COVID-19 vaccine and inside the lives of the scientists trying to find it.

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