GloPID-R COVID-19 Timeline

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Disease Alert

Disease Alert

WHO Office in China is informed that cases of pneumonia of an unknown cause had been detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The Chinese authorities identified this to be a previously unknown type of coronavirus (COVID-19). Following the outbreak, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased rapidly across the globe.

WHO Office in China is informed that cases of pneumonia of an unknown cause had been detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China…

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December 31, 2019

GloPID-R mobilization

GloPID-R mobilization

GloPID-R Members and other major players involved in infectious disease outbreaks worldwide reacted rapidly to this emerging epidemic, working closely with WHO to identify the specific funding research priorities needed to tackle the disease. GloPID-R Chairs and Scientific Advisor immediately launched consultations to coordinate future action in line with the GloPID-R global response strategy.

GloPID-R Members and other major players involved in infectious disease outbreaks worldwide reacted rapidly to this emerging epidemic…

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January 13, 2020

PHEIC

PHEIC

Following the spread of COVID-19 from the People’s Republic of China to 20 other countries in the first 6 weeks of 2020, and on the recommendations of the Emergency Committee, the WHO Director General declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Statement

WHO declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

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January 30, 2020

Joint Statement

Joint Statement

The Joint Statement on Data-sharing in Public Health Emergencies developed by Wellcome Trust and endorsed by GloPID-R was published on January 31. Timely and transparent sharing of data in a public health emergency (PHE) is vital. In light of the threat presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, signatories to the 2016 Joint Statement on data sharing in public health emergencies were invited to reaffirm their commitment to ensure research findings of relevance are shared rapidly with WHO by signing the ‘Joint Statement on sharing research data and findings relevant to the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak’. The number of signatories increased from 67 in 2016 to 117 today.

Joint statement

The Joint Statement on Data-sharing in Public Health Emergencies developed by Wellcome Trust and endorsed by GloPID-R was published….

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January 31, 2020

Research Fundings

Research Fundings

Rapid research fundings were launched worldwide by GloPID-R members in order to fund COVID-19 scientific priorities. Members of the GloPID-R network immediately coordinated to identify the existing, funded research projects in this area and began launching emergency calls for funding.

Covid-19 funding opportunities

Rapid research fundings were launched worldwide by GloPID-R members in order to fund COVID-19 scientific priorities…

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Early February, 2020

Global Forum

Global Forum

The GloPID-R–WHO Global Research and Innovation Forum took place at WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland on February 11-12. To accelerate the generation of critical scientific information and develop the medical products needed to control COVID-19, key knowledge gaps and research priorities must be identified. To this end, WHO and GloPID-R invited participants from the global scientific community, public health and regulatory bodies, member states, research funders and bioethical organizations to attend this forum.

Meeting summary Meeting programme Overview of state-of-the-art and key knowledge gap outline News release

The GloPID-R–WHO Global Research and Innovation Forum took place at WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland…

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February 11-12, 2020

Global Coordination

Global Coordination

GloPID-R attended the Global Coordination Mechanism meeting of the WHO R&D Blueprint

GloPID-R attended the Global Coordination Mechanism meeting of the WHO R&D Blueprint

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March 3, 2020

Research Roadmap

Research Roadmap

On the basis of the work carried out during the Global Research and Innovation Forum, the coordinated Global Research Roadmap was published on March 6, 2020. The document presents the immediate, mid-term and longer- term priorities to build a robust global research response to COVID-19.

Global Research Road Map

Publication of the coordinated Global Research Roadmap

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March 6, 2020

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pointing to the over 118,000 cases of the coronavirus illness in over 110 countries and territories around the world and the sustained risk of further global spread, the WHO Director General declared on March 12, 2020 that COVID-19 could be characterized as a pandemic.

WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic

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March 12, 2020

Coordination

Coordination

GloPID-R Response Strategy Coordination meetings were held to pinpoint research gaps to identify and set research priorities, and select rapid research projects

GloPID-R Response Strategy Coordination meetings were held to pinpoint research gaps to identify and set research priorities, and select rapid research projects

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March 13, 2020

Project Selection

Project Selection

Continuing GloPID-R coordination of rapid funding for research priorities and the selection of relevant projects

GloPID-R continues coordination of rapid funding for research priorities and the selection of relevant projects

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March 27, 2020

Project Tracker

Project Tracker

The GloPID-R – UKCDR live Research Project Tracker was launched on April 3 to support a more effective and coherent global research response. This live database of funded research projects on COVID-19 provides an overview of funded research projects mapped against the priorities identified in the WHO Coordinated Global Research Roadmap. It will be regularly updated as new funding decisions are announced. The aim of the joint GloPID-R – UKCDR initiative is to help funders and researchers identify gaps and opportunities and inform future research investments or coordination needs.

Covid-19 Research Project Tracker

The GloPID-R – UKCDR live Research Project Tracker was launched…

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April 3 2020

Global Coordination

Global Coordination

GloPID-R attended the virtual Global Research and Innovation Forum of the WHO R&D Blueprint

GloPID-R attended the virtual Global Research and Innovation Forum of the WHO R&D Blueprint

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July 1-2, 2020

Research Synergies

Research Synergies

GloPID-R convened global funders, researchers & stakeholders to virtual COVID-19 Research Synergies Meetings on the themes of Vaccines, Therapeutics, Understanding Transmission & Social Sciences. A panel discussion completed the series of meetings. Participants included GloPID-R members and the researchers funded by their COVID-19 rapid response calls, representatives from the WHO, and other major research and funding organisations alongside contributors from countries affected by second peaks, waves or high incidence.

These meetings provided a platform to promote and establish collaboration and synergies between researchers funded by GloPID-R members. This maximized the use of available resources, generating connections between ongoing research projects, creating opportunities to share information on progress, barriers and outstanding research gaps and facilitating the progress of a collective effort to end COVID-19.

Concept note Meeting summaries Programs & videos

GloPID-R convened global funders, researchers & stakeholders to virtual COVID-19 Research Synergies Meetings…

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July 16-23, 2020

COVID CIRCLE

COVID CIRCLE

COVID CIRCLE – COVID-19 Research Coordination and Learning is a partnership between UKCDR and GloPID-R and has been developed to harness activities such as the continual mapping and analysis of global COVID-19 funding through the COVID-19 Research Project Tracker. This will enable COVID CIRCLE to coordinate funding efforts, connect networks of researchers, and collate learnings to inform future epidemic and pandemic responses with a focus on lower-resource settings.

Learn more about the COVID CIRCLE

Launch of the UKCDR-GloPID-R initiative COVID CIRCLE - COVID-19 Research Coordination and Learning

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September, 2020

Long COVID Forum

Long COVID Forum

There is an urgent need for robust scientific studies into the long-term impact of COVID-19 in both adults and children, and for healthcare providers to be informed to support prevention, assessment, rehabilitation and interventions to improve recovery and patient outcomes.

During the 2-day, Long COVID Forum, the objectives were to gain a better understanding of Long COVID and to define research gaps for funders and researchers to take forward. Topics included:

  • Global Patients’ Voice
  • Overarching summary of the knowledge/science of Long COVID
  • What do we know about Long COVID from country experiences?
  • Reflecting on Chikungunya
  • On-going Long COVID studies
  • On-going Long COVID studies & mental health
  • Panel discussion & research gaps
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ISARIC and GloPID-R are organized the Long COVID Virtual Forum in collaboration with the Long COVID Support…

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December 9-10, 2020

New variant SARS-CoV-2

New variant SARS-CoV-2

GloPID-R members gathered virtually on December 23, 2020 to discuss the new variant of SARS-CoV-2. GloPID-R Scientific Advisor, Marion Koopmans, presented an understanding of viral mutations and the biological implications; updates were provided by GloPID-R Vice chairs: Jeremy Farrar for the UK and Charles Wiysonge for South Africa. Further information for the UK was given by the University of Oxford and the WHO presented their situation update and expert guidance.

GloPID-R convened members to a web conference to discuss the new variant of SARS-CoV-2.

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December 23, 2020