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Canada Gives $5 Million For Pandemic Preparedness Initiatives

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Pandemic Preparedness

Steven Fletcher announced more than $5 million in funding to support initiatives to help Canada's pandemic preparedness.

The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) will provide $4 million to fund 26 grants for health research into projects such as vaccine development, epidemic control and the mental health of health care practitioners in a pandemic situation. On the international front, funding of $1 million will be provided to support the Global Action Plan for Pandemic Influenza Vaccines.

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"Canada's New Government wants to ensure there can be a coordinated and focused health research effort to prepare Canada for a potential pandemic influenza. Today's announcement of more than $5 million will enable important research to happen," said Minister Clement. "We made a strong commitment to Canadians last May when we announced $1 billion over five years to support ongoing pandemic preparedness efforts, including $21.5 million over five years to CIHR to support pandemic preparedness research."

"By providing funding for these 26 research grants, Canada's New Government hopes to be prepared to respond to annual influenza outbreaks, emerging new pathogens like the SARS virus, and strengthen both our healthcare and public health systems," said Parliamentary Secretary Fletcher. "Research done today will help protect our country from a potential pandemic outbreak later in the future."

The 26 health research projects funded across Canada underwent rigorous peer-review before being approved and exemplify CIHR's comprehensive, problem-based approach to funding excellence in health research. The funded health research projects will be carried out over periods of two years and include the following: