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On Tuesday, August 10, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne announced that Moderna, Inc. is set to build an mRNA vaccine production facility in Canada.

According to a press release, Canada didn't have the large-scale biomanufacturing abilities needed to rapidly produce a COVID-19 vaccine when the pandemic began. Now, the Government of Canada has established a partnership with Moderna.

"This will make sure Canada is prepared for future pandemics and other health emergencies, strengthen our economy and create good jobs for Canadians," said Champagne.

The CEO of Moderna said that Canada is an important partner in the company's international development adding that they are "delighted" to help the country manufacture mRNA vaccines on "Canadian soil."

While it's unclear where this facility will be, it promises to create "good, highly skilled jobs" in Canada.

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