As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, scientific experts around the world are working to develop a treatment, and a team from Ontario is helping. Researchers from Sunnybrook Hospital, the University of Toronto and McMaster have announced that they have isolated the COVID-19 viral agent. Sunnybrook states this will be an important step in creating a coronavirus vaccine in the future.\nAccording to Sunnybrook, the process of isolating the virus will help researchers improve their understanding of the novel coronavirus and its evolution.\nIn turn, it will help the world work towards effective treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.\nThe team says it has only taken a few weeks for them to achieve this and that they will continue to work together in attempts to learn more about the virus.\n"Researchers from these world-class institutions came together in a grassroots way to successfully isolate the virus in just a few short weeks," added Dr. Kozak, a clinical microbiologist.\n"It demonstrates the amazing things that can happen when we collaborate."\nHowever, despite the good news, researchers state that there is still a lot of work to do, but they are hopeful that they will be able to continue to grow their knowledge and help other researchers around the globe.\nView this post on Instagram Researchers from Sunnybrook, @UofT and @McMasterU have isolated SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes #COVID19. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The isolated virus will help researchers across the world develop better diagnostic testing, treatments and vaccines. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It will also help researchers gain a better understanding of SARS-CoV-2 biology, evolution and clinical shedding. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Researchers from these world-class institutions came together in a grassroots way to successfully isolate the virus in just a few short weeks,” said Dr. Rob Kozak, clinical microbiologist at Sunnybrook (left). “It demonstrates the amazing things that can happen when we collaborate.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also pictured above: Dr. Samira Mubareka, microbiologist and infectious disease physician at Sunnybrook (center) and Dr. Arinjay Banerjee, @neserc_crsng post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University (right) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more about this important breakthrough at sunnybrook.ca/research A post shared by Sunnybrook Hospital (@sunnybrookhsc) on Mar 13, 2020 at 5:36am PDT\n"Now that we have isolated the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we can share this with other researchers and continue this teamwork," stated Dr. Banerjee, who works at McMaster University.\n"The more viruses that are made available in this way, the more we can learn, collaborate, and share," he added.\nDr. Banerjee also said in a McMaster blog article, "I’d always told my friends, 'When I grow up, I want to be a guy who gets called in if there’s an outbreak.'"\n"What’s happening with the outbreak is sad, but I’m glad I can contribute to the process of understanding this and controlling this outbreak."\nView this post on Instagram On #InternationalWomensDay, Meet Dr. Samira Mubareka, one of the key leaders in Sunnybrook’s response to #COVID19. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She’s part of a working group of scientists who are researching the virus and finding ways to better combat it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Learn more about Dr. Mubareka at health.sunnybrook.ca A post shared by Sunnybrook Hospital (@sunnybrookhsc) on Mar 8, 2020 at 8:20am PDT\nOntario researchers aren't the only ones in Canada that are studying the virus.\nA team in Saskatchewan has been working towards creating a vaccine. This week, the team had announced that the vaccine is now in the testing stages.\nHowever, there is currently no timeline on when this vaccine could be made available for human use.\nWhile researchers continue to do their work, Ontario is taking precautions to limit the spread of the virus.\nSeveral Ontario universities announced on March 12 that they would be cancelling classes across their campuses.\nThe government has also decided on to shut down all publicly funded schools in the province for two weeks after March Break due to growing COVID-19 concerns.