GSL Associate Director Briefs Minister of Health on GSL’s COVID-19 Research

Minister of Health Patty Hajdu surrounded by public health experts at COVID Research announcement

On March 6, at the official announcement of the CIHR grants, Patrick Fafard was asked to brief the federal Minister of Health Patty Hajdu on GSL’s research plans on the topic of COVID-19. 

At the meeting, it was announced that Dr. Fafard would receive funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to investigate how senior government officials communicate public health advice. The research will also assess the extent to which the public understands and trusts government messaging.

The Canadian government is devoting nearly $27m Dollars to research projects investigating the coronavirus over the next two years.

“Canada’s researchers are some of the best in the world, and this funding will allow them to conduct groundbreaking research on a novel coronavirus. Protecting the health and well-being of all Canadians is our top priority, and the research conducted thanks to this funding will contribute to mitigating the outbreak of COVID-19.”

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health

“Research is a vital component of the response to emerging disease outbreaks. The research to be undertaken by the successful teams will help to answer some of our most pressing questions about COVID-19 and help to develop the tools we need to effectively respond to this global public health emergency.”

– Dr. Teresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada


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