Canadian Manufacturing

Providence Therapeutics signs agreement with Manitoba government for 2M vaccine doses

Providence Therapeutics' has partnered with Canadian vaccine component manufacturer, Northern RNA in Alberta for vaccine raw materials.

February 12, 2021  by CM Staff

WINNIPEG and CALGARY — Providence Therapeutics confirms that the Government of Manitoba has agreed to purchase 2 million doses of its proprietary mRNA (messenger RNA) COVID-19 vaccine, PTX-COVID19-B.

In late January 2021, Providence Therapeutics’ messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine became the first fully made-in-Canada vaccine to begin Phase 1 human trials. The company plans to move into Phase 2 trials in May 2021, pending regulatory approval.

“This is great news for Manitobans and Canadians. We welcome the initiative demonstrated by the Manitoba government as this means that we are now on course to manufacture and deliver a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada in 2021,” announced Brad Sorenson, CEO of Providence Therapeutics.

“We are looking forward to engagement with other provinces and the federal government in the near future so that we can produce vaccines for more Canadians across the country” he added.

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PTX-COVID19-B is a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine and is the first fully made-in Canada COVID vaccine candidate to reach this stage of development.

“Building a secure, made-in-Canada vaccine supply will help more Canadians get their COVID-19 vaccine sooner. The Government of Manitoba is pleased to be working with Providence Therapeutics and their Manitoba partners to get these life-saving vaccines produced right here at home,” said the Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba. “This agreement is the first step in providing vaccine insurance for the present pandemic, for the future of this pandemic and for the next pandemic too. We encourage other provinces and the federal government to join with us in building a national process that will help protect all Canadians.”

Providence Therapeutics’ has partnered with Canadian vaccine component manufacturer, Northern RNA in Alberta for vaccine raw materials.

“Northern RNA is excited to be partnering with the Providence Therapeutics. Northern RNA will provide leading-edge manufacturing of two key building blocks for the COVID-19 vaccine, including cap analogs and plasmid DNA, these essential raw materials are needed to produce messenger RNA. We are very proud to be a part of a Canadian solution,” said Brad Stevens, President and CEO, Northern RNA.