The University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization has requested an increase in funding from the City of Saskatoon so that it can develop the national pandemic research centre. VIDO has requested an additional $50K from the city on top of the $250K already committed, and will be requesting an additional $24M from the federal and provincial governments in the near future. “The situation that we have found ourselves in is that because of inflation and some of the extreme construction cost overruns, the facility that we originally imagined at about $66M is now coming in at $92M,” said VIDO Director – Business Development Dr Paul Hodgson. The Saskatoon city council’s governance and priorities committee has reportedly voted unanimously in favour of increasing the funding and are expected to reconvene in January to discuss possible funding sources. The Star Phoenix| CKOM Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.