That's a lot of needles! COVID-19 vaccine progress in Canada is coming along and the federal government is ordering 37 million syringes for the future. That would almost be enough to vaccinate the entire population.\nAccording to the Toronto Star, Canada's Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand told reporters, "We are making sure that when a vaccine is ready, Canada will be ready."\nNow the federal government has signed a contract with the Canadian branch of Becton Dickinson, a global medical tech giant, for 37 million syringes.\nAnand also noted that the government is working to get other supplies that will be needed for what will eventually be systematic "mass vaccinations."\nThe Statistics Canada website shows the population is currently just a little bit more than 38,000,000.\nSo, those needles would almost be enough to make sure that everyone gets the vaccine.\nJustin Trudeau also addressed the fact that his government is continually working to get equipment and supplies that are needed during this pandemic.\n"We've signed a contract for millions of syringes to have the supplies needed once a vaccine is ready," he said.\nHealth Canada has authorized 38 clinical trials for COVID-19 drugs and vaccines.\nUpdate on personal protective equipment: We’ve received over 100 million surgical masks and nearly 40 million gloves, and we continue to send supplies to the provinces and territories. And we’ve signed a contract for millions of syringes so when a vaccine is ready, we are too.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 2, 2020\nHealth Canada approved the first Canadian clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine back in May.\nThose will take place at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.\nAlong with getting all of those syringes to help with vaccination, the National Research Council of Canada will be working with manufacturers.\nThat will ensure that if those trials are successful, the vaccine can be made and distributed in the country.\nView this post on Instagram You have probably heard people talking about serological tests for the coronavirus epidemic. Check out the blog on our website (link in bio and search serological assay importance) where Dr. Ashley Anderson, Chief Medical Officer at Promega explains what serological assays are and how they help inform the pandemic response.. . . . . #Coronavirus #Covid19 #assays #serologicaltests #PCR #qPCR #reagents #Labwork #LabChat #Corona #scientists #viraldiseases #biologists #assaydevelopment #assay #nucleicacid #researchlabs #phdchat #laboratorywork #assays #science #biology #instascience #instabiology #microbiology #biotech #phdstudentsofinstagram #Promega #serologicalassay #serologicaltests A post shared by Promega UK (@promega_uk) on Apr 9, 2020 at 9:16am PDT\nA number of other steps have already been taken to understand the virus.\nHealth Canada also approved the first test to detect COVID-19 antibodies, aka a serological test, which will give a better understanding of immunity and how many people here at home got the virus.\nTrudeau has said that he will take a serological test as soon as it's widely available across the country.\nSophie Grégoire Trudeau, the prime minister's wife, donated plasma for research on the virus.\nShe tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered from it back in March.