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COVID-19 and Pandemic Preparedness

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the profound significance of ongoing, robust investment in research and development. Research!America continues to be an outspoken advocate for the investment needed to fuel public and private-sector R&D aimed at stopping this and future pandemics in their tracks.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has met the challenge to keep its staff healthy and patients safe by maximizing their expertise and resources. Learn more about how they are taking research discoveries from the lab and putting them into action to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University of Maryland (UMD) School of Medicine has developed a number of tools and resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about how UMD is innovating to overcome challenges.

Expert scientific members of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) guided the creation of a public education unit on the mRNA vaccines. Learn about mRNA vaccines and how they work to defend against COVID-19 here. 


Scripps Research has developed Outbreak.info. This website standardizes and aggregates COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 data for easy access. The interface aggregates journal articles, preprints, clinical trials, protocols, and other resources in one place, standardizing metadata and applying NLP to make these sources searchable and more accessible. The interactive data dashboards allow for quick comparison of countries, states, counties, and metro areas, and includes an API and R Package for researchers who want to access all of the raw data.

NIH has a new COVID-19 website. The website features news on the latest NIH research, funding opportunities, and information on how to join a clinical trial.

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), in coordination with NIH and Operation Warp Speed, has launched a central web portal called Combat COVID (https://combatcovid.hhs.gov/).

The portal is a one-stop resource to help members of the public and doctors find information about different stages of COVID-19 illness, NIH-supported COVID-19 prevention and treatment clinical trials, and locations to donate plasma.  The website provides clear and easy-to-understand information for:

Visit combatCOVID.hhs.gov to learn more.

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