Saskatchewan's emerging disease lab VIDO-InterVac is developing a vaccine for a deadly coronavirus that originated from Wuhan, China. The virus has since infected over 4,500 people in more than a dozen countries, including three people in Canada. Though there currently isn't a coronavirus vaccine in Canada, the lab says human testing could begin in one year.\nPeople have concerns about the virus in Canada. In Vancouver, medical facemasks have sold out and people were seen wearing jugs on their heads for protection at YVR. News of a vaccine being developed is welcome news.\nVIDO-InterVac was greenlit to begin vaccine research on Wednesday, January 22. The approval came hours after the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) finished assessing the virus, according to the University of Saskatchewan.\nIn a statement to Narcity, the lab's CEO Dr. Volker Gerdts wrote that "development and clinical testing will take months to complete, and that is if everything goes well."\nHe anticipates it will be a full year before the vaccine is ready for testing in humans.\nAs of Wednesday, January 29, three presumptive cases of coronavirus were identified in Canada. This means patients were diagnosed with coronavirus on the provincial level, and samples have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnepeg for analysis.\nThere are two cases in Ontario and a third was announced Tuesday, January 28 in B.C.\n"Currently, there is no approved vaccine that protects against coronaviruses in humans," said PHAC spokesperson Anna Maddison in a statement to Narcity.\nChina's CDC has begun the research and development of a vaccine for the ongoing #coronavirus. The virus has been successfully isolated and seed strains are being screened. Drug screenings for the virus are also underway. pic.twitter.com/yOMwbgOYxG— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) January 26, 2020\nThe name coronavirus actually refers to a larger family of viruses including the infamous SARS, a different coronavirus that also originated from China, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).\nWhile vaccines have been developed for some coronavirus strains, none have been approved for public use.\n#WuhanCoronovirusCanadian lab to begin work on coronavirus vaccine...The federal government has given the green light to a Saskatchewan lab to start work on developing a vaccine for the coronavirus.Hoping that a way to cure...Be strong Wuhan People... pic.twitter.com/blueMHUylz— Emerald Cool (@Penguin_Emerald) January 25, 2020\nThe Corona virus is now in the US, France. One challenge with it is that it's a new virus never seen before in humans, so there are no specific treatments or vaccines for it yetWash your hands please with soap and waterDon't touch your nose,mouth or eyes with unwashed hands— Aproko Doctor™ (@aproko_doctor) January 25, 2020\nAccording to CBC, VIDO-InterVac is uniquely positioned to research the vaccine. They've worked on SARS in the past, and have successfully developed coronavirus vaccines for cattle and pigs.\nSeveral of their researchers are also experienced with researching the virus.\nThe global research and vaccine development efforts are being coordinated by the World Health Organization and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, said Maddison.\nNarcity has reached out to the BCCDC, several vaccine and viral pathology experts, and VIDO-InterVac for further comment. This article will be updated.\nThe Corona virus is now in the US, France. One challenge with it is that it's a new virus never seen before in humans, so there are no specific treatments or vaccines for it yetWash your hands please with soap and waterDon't touch your nose,mouth or eyes with unwashed hands\n— Aproko Doctor™ (@aproko_doctor) January 25, 2020\nThe BCCDC wrote that while the first cases were linked to the Wuhan Seafood Market, the disease may spread through human-to-human contact via coughing and sneezing.\nThey say to avoid touching your eyes or mouth if you've come in contact with something an infected person has touched.\nBCCDC lists the main symptoms as fever, coughing, pneumonia in both lungs, and difficulty breathing. The mortality rate is estimated to be between 2% to 4%.\nHowever, there's still much we don't know about how the coronavirus spreads.\nTo prevent it from spreading, major Canadian airports have begun screening for the virus. PHAC also advised Canadians to avoid travelling to the province of Hubei, where Wuhan is located.