Combatting COVID-19 with Scientific Research

Closeup of coronavirus, a large red cell with green and blue nodules growing off it it and more cells in the backgroundThe National Institutes of Health‘s (NIH) Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research aims to understand, detect, prevent, and treat COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019).

Acknowledging the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19, NIH calls for an unprecedented reaction from the scientific community, emphasizing the need for rapid, well-funded research to help mitigate the spread and casualties of the virus. The plan includes five strategic priorities:

  1. Improve fundamental knowledge of SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) and COVID-19 disease progression, outcomes, and recovery
  2. Advance research to improve detection by developing and validating new assays and retooling existing diagnostic platforms
  3. Support research to advance treatment by evaluating new or repurposing existing treatments and defining implementation strategies
  4. Accelerate research to improve prevention by developing vaccines, other methods to prevent transmission, and implementation models
  5. Prevent and redress poor COVID-19 outcomes in health disparity and vulnerable populations

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