The public lab that could have helped fight COVID-19 pandemi

The public lab that could have helped fight COVID-19 pandemi

Postby Oscar » Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:44 am

The public lab that could have helped fight COVID-19 pandemic

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By Linda McQuaig March 11, 2020

Canada once had a publicly owned pharmaceutical company that could have made a difference in the current coronavirus crisis — except that we sold it.

Connaught Labs was a superstar in global medicine. For seven decades, this publicly owned Canadian company performed brilliantly on the national and international stage, contributing to medical breakthroughs and developing affordable treatments and vaccines for deadly diseases.

Hated by its corporate competitors, Connaught was unique among pharmaceutical companies in that its focus was on human need, not profit.

It would have come in handy today.

In fact, Connaught got its start amid a diphtheria outbreak in 1913. Toronto doctor John Gerald FitzGerald was outraged that children were dying in large numbers even though there was a diphtheria treatment available from a U.S. manufacturer. But, at $25 a dose, it was unaffordable to all but the rich. FitzGerald set out to change that — and did.

After experimenting on a horse in a downtown Toronto stable, FitzGerald developed an antitoxin that proved effective in treating diphtheria, and made it available to public health outlets across the country. Then, with lab space provided by the University of Toronto, he and his team went on to produce low-cost treatments and vaccines for other common killers, including tetanus, typhoid and meningitis.

Connaught developed an impressive research capacity, with its scientists contributing to some of the biggest medical breakthroughs of the 20th century — including penicillin and the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines. It also played a central role in the global eradication of smallpox.

“It was a pioneer in a lot of ways,” says Colleen Fuller, a research associate of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. “It did things commercial companies wouldn’t do because they weren’t willing to take the financial risks.”

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Re: The public lab that could have helped fight COVID-19 pan

Postby Oscar » Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:48 am

SUMMARY of the loss of Connaught Labs . . . .

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How Canada lost Connaught Labs . . . Page 60 - 82 - "The Political Economy of Competitiveness in the New World Economy: The Case of Canada under the Progressive Conservatives: 1984-1993" - by Christopher A. Paterson, University of Ottawa, 1996. . . . .

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