The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives. Medical experts around the globe have said that what we each have known as normal life won’t fully resume until we have a vaccine, and that could take years. In this webinar, an expert panel will take you inside the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. What’s involved in developing a vaccine? Why does it take so long? What pathways are being explored? What clinical trials are under way and when will they be completed? Once we have a vaccine, what’s involved in adding it to Canada’s national immunization program?

Topic: Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine

Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT


  • Megan Bettle, PhD, Director, Centre for Regulatory Excellence, Statistics and Trials, Biologic and Radiopharmaceutical Drugs Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada
  • Monika Naus, MD, FRCPC, Medical Director, Communicable Diseases & Immunization Service; Medical Head, Immunization Programs & Vaccine Preventable Diseases, BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Dion Neame, MD, BCh, BSc, FRCPC, FAAP, Country Medical Lead, Country Medical Head – Vaccines, Sanofi Canada
  • Suzanne McGurn, President and Chief Executive Officer, CADTH