Today, the Government of Canada has made an important show of support for this work by providing McMaster University $2.5 million in federal funding to support MHL’s study on COVID-19 rates of incoming international travellers.
The study will stop taking volunteers on October 31, 2020. This funding will help MHL to complete additional follow-up with passengers who are already part of the study—submitting samples at the 7- and 14-day mark of their quarantine—and to conduct analysis of a mass of data.
McMaster University is Canada’s most research-intensive university and is consistently ranked as one of the world’s Top 100 universities. The MHL study, which is also funded by Air Canada and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, will inform Canada’s potential strategies for border surveillance at airports and other points of entry.
“The Greater Toronto Airports Authority remains committed to a science-based approach that prioritizes the health and wellbeing of passengers and airport workers. The work that McMaster HealthLabs has done to-date is invaluable,” said Craig Bradbrook, Chief Operating Officer, GTAA. “The support of the Government of Canada is welcome news and we are grateful for the assistance.”