Future evolution of the Coalition: Extending the scope beyond COVID-19
In the two and a half years since the Coalition was established, research priorities are changing, and there is a growing focus on preparedness for future outbreaks. The Steering Committee and Secretariat of the Coalition met with the chairs and coordinators of several Coalition working groups and agreed that the Coalition must extend its scope beyond COVID-19 to respond to future epidemics and pandemics while not losing its focus on national and regional leadership in research and preparedness.
Priority-setting for the next pandemic: An international survey on maternal, newborn, and child health
The Coalition’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Working Group is conducting a follow-up survey to assess changes in global Maternal, Newborn and Child Health priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The follow-up survey has additional questions about the impact of the pandemic on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and pregnancy.
Research ethics review during the COVID-19 pandemic: An international study
A research team, in collaboration with the World Health Organization COVID-19 Ethics & Governance Working Group, is conducting a survey to better understand how ethics review committees operated worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers aim to identify any changes that ethics review committees implemented to adapt to the pandemic, determine whether these changes were evaluated, and whether ethics review committee members believe any of these changes should become permanent, as part of their procedures and processes.
Survey on access to COVID-19 medicines
Effective medicines have been developed or repurposed to treat COVID-19, but they are too often not accessible or affordable, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The coalition is conducting a very short survey on COVID-19 medicine availability. Survey responses will provide a snapshot of access to inform a webinar on COVID-19 therapeutics that the coalition is planning to hold in the next few months. The survey is anonymous and can be filled out quickly, as it has only five multiple-choice questions. For those who wish, there is also space to make additional comments.
Study to review global COVID-19 therapeutics guidelines
A joint study team from MORU and IDDO plans to examine current national treatment recommendations to investigate the level of variation and whether they are consistent with WHO guidelines for the pharmacological prevention and treatment of COVID-19. If you can help the team by providing your country’s current national therapeutics guidelines for COVID-19, please contact us.
Call for abstracts – special issue exploring innovative models to improve equity during epidemics
The coalition’s Social Science Working Group is calling for abstracts for a special issue of Frontiers in Public Health entitled ‘Exploring Innovative Models to Improve Vaccines and Therapeutics Equity During Epidemics.’ Submissions are invited from a wide range of disciplines are invited, including law, economics, political science, ethics, and those with relevant knowledge of vaccine and therapeutics R&D and manufacturing.
Data sharing in the time of COVID-19
Four members of the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition participated in a high-level session on data sharing at the Geneva Health Forum on 4 May. The lively, moderated discussion covered the need for data sharing in a pandemic, the importance and challenge of data protection laws, and potential levers for increasing rapid data sharing.
Call for partners to validate simple markers to help identify moderately ill COVID patients for home management
The PRIORITISE study developed and validate three clinical prediction models that could help identify patients presenting with moderate Covid-19 who could safely be managed in the community. The PRIORITISE team would like to hear from groups interested in collaborating to further validate the findings.
Coalition seeks Therapeutics Review Consultant
The coalition is looking for a part-time Therapeutics Review Consultant to systematically review data or evidence on COVID-19 therapeutics and produce a weekly summary report. The Therapeutics Review Consultant will be a vital link in the compilation of existing evidence, which will provide an open access source of information for researchers and inform the discussions of the Therapeutics Working Group.
New Report on COVID-19 Vaccine Access
Following a workshop on access to COVID-19 vaccines, experts from the Global Health Strategy Group for Digital Health and AI for health (an initiative of the University of Oxford), and the Supply & Market Dynamics; Medicine Quality Working Group of the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition just issued a report capturing challenges affecting supply, distribution, and access issues for people in low-resource settings.