Domestic vaccine-makers want more help from Ottawa: ‘There’s been a real lack of leadership’

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In Entos Pharmaceuticals’ Edmonton lab, there’s excitement over how close the company is getting to developing a made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine. There’s also dismay. With more federal help, Entos’ CEO John Lewis says they could be much closer to a vaccine than they are. “We just haven’t seen that. It’s very frustrating.” Officials also asked the federal government for grants and received some money. Lewis says little has been smooth about the process. “We negotiated the contract back and forth. We found out just a week ago that they’d cancelled that contract.”