A Quebec company sais it has made significant progress toward a COVID-19 vaccine.\nThough it could be over a year until a vaccine becomes available to the public.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nAs panic sets in across North America, Quebec City biopharmaceutical company Medicago announced that it has produced a COVID-19 vaccine candidate. More specifically, according to a press release, its scientists have "successfully produced a Virus-Like Particle (VLP) of the coronavirus just 20 days after obtaining the SARS-CoV-2 (virus causing the COVID-19 disease) gene." This is the "first step in developing a vaccine for COVID-19 which will now undergo preclinical testing for safety and efficacy."\nHuman trials could begin by late summer 2020.\nThis news comes after researches at the University of Saskatchewan announced that they, too, had produced a vaccine and were entering the testing stages.\nBut Medicago is championing its "proprietary plant-based technology," which, "unlike traditional vaccination development," does "not use animal products or live viruses."\nInstead, the company "uses Virus-Like Particles (VLPs) that mimic the shape and dimensions of a virus, which allows the body to recognize them and create an immune response in a non-infectious way."\nThe press release claims that this "technology is rapid, versatile, and scalable."\n"As soon as the genetic sequence of a virus is made available, Medicago can develop a clinical-grade vaccine candidate in only a few weeks."\nIl se passe beaucoup de choses sur notre chantier. | There is a lot going on at our construction site.Posted by Medicago on Tuesday, February 19, 2019\nThough, the American Centre for Disease Control and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have told reporters and lawmakers that it will likely take a year and a half before a vaccine is made available to the public.\nMTL Blog reached out to Medicago for more information on the vaccine candidate and its timeline. We will update this article when we receive a response.\nIn the meantime, many public spaces are temporarily closing or moving to online services to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.\nPosted by Medicago on Tuesday, September 26, 2017\nIn Montreal, public schools and several universities closed Friday, March 13, in order to fully implement new safety recommendations from the provincial government, which also banned indoor events of 250 people and more.\nPosted by Medicago on Wednesday, September 2, 2015\nAs of 9:00 a.m. Friday, there are 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Quebec.\nThe government encourages anyone with symptoms to contact Info-Santé at 811.\nThe complete list of health recommendations from the government of Canada is online here.