Freedom of Information Act Response Regarding Isolation of SARS COV-2

Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0K9

Our file: A-2020-000208 / BH

Christine Massey

221 – 93 George St. S

Brampton, Ontario

L6Y 1P4

Dear Christine Massey:

This is in response to your request made under the Access to Information Act (the Act) for the following information:

All records describing the isolation of a SARS-COV-2 virus, directly from a sample taken from a diseased patient, where the patient sample was not first combined with any other source of genetic material (i.e. monkey kidney cells aka vero cells; liver cancer cells).  

Please note that I am using “isolation” in the every-day sense of the word: the act of separating a thing(s) from everything else.  I am not requesting records where “isolation of SARS-COV-2” refers instead to:

      ·      the culturing of something, or

·      the performance of an amplification test (i.e. a PCR test), or 

·        the sequencing of something. 

To clarify, I am requesting all such records that are in the possession, custody or control of Health Canada (for example:downloaded to a computer, printed in hard copy, etc.). 

Having completed a thorough search, we regret to inform you that we were unable to locate any records responsive to your request.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the processing of your request, please do not hesitate to contact Barbara Haase, the analyst responsible for this file, either by phone at 613-859-9073, by email at or by fax at 613-941-4541, with reference to our file number cited above.

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Please be advised that you are entitled to complain to the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada concerning the processing of your request within 60 days of the receipt of this notice. In the event you decide to avail yourself of this right, your notice of complaint can be made online at: or by mail to:

Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada

30 Victoria Street

Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 1H3

Yours sincerely,

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Christine Smith

Team Leader, Access to Information and Privacy

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada / Government of Canada / Tel: 613-862-6063 

Chef d’équipe, Accès à l’information et de la protection des renseignements personnels

Santé Canada et Agence de la santé publique du Canada  / Gouvernement du Canada / Tél: 613-862-6063

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