NIAID Strategic Plan to Combat COVID-19

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a new strategy outlining the institute’s plan for accelerating research to diagnose, prevent and treat COVID-19. As part of its mission, NIAID seeks to develop “safe and effective medical countermeasures that decrease disease incidence, mitigate morbidity and prevent mortality.”

In line with the objectives set by U.S. Government–wide COVID-19 task forces, the NIAID Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research outlines the following four key priorities:

  1. Improve fundamental knowledge of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 – this includes studies that characterize the virus, how it spreads, host immunity, and other epidemiological associations of the disease;
  2. Support the development of diagnostics and assays – this involves identifying and isolating COVID-19 cases and serological assays to understand the disease in the population and to evaluate potential countermeasures;
  3. Characterize and test therapeutics – this includes identifying and evaluating repurposed and novel therapies, as well as host-directed strategies to combat the virus;
  4. Develop safe and effective vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 – this focuses primarily on supporting of clinical trial testing.

To accomplish these strategic goals, NIAID will rely on existing networks and global collaborations. Significantly, NIAID will expand public-private partnerships in pursuit of rapid development of effective biomedical tools. Furthermore, NIAID will continue to actively participate in identifying opportunities for open communication, resource sharing, and optimization of public health interventions.

For more information on related topics visit the HSDL Featured Topic on Pandemics and Epidemics or view current studies included in COVID-19: Open Access Journal Resources.  In addition, you can find more data in our new COVID-19 Special Collection. Please note that an HSDL login is required to view some of these resources.

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