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The UK government is funding 21 new novel coronavirus research studies, including a project led by Professor Trudie Lang. Research must be undertaken everywhere across the globe during this pandemic. Access and ability to undertake research should be equitable, and this research project, working through The Global Health Network, aims to support healthcare teams in low-resource settings. This is a University of Oxford led programme aiming to enable more and better research in diseases, communities and settings where evidence is lacking.

There are different questions to address in different geographical and social context and research is needed to ensure that evidence can guidance treatment, prevention and public health strategies in all communities. Understanding why and how this disease might vary in different populations is important now and to learn for the next time. Low-resource settings, who might have no previous research experience, engage in this crucial research that we all need to happen to understand how to end and limit the damage of COVID-19, especially in the most vulnerable communities.

Building on lessons learnt in the Zika and Ebola outbreaks, the Global Health Network will deliver and share trusted research tools, guidance and training, for example providing guidance on how to run studies in local clinics and hospitals. They will work with partners internationally to create lasting research networks to support evidence generation in challenging settings, so that better quality, standardised data is shared faster worldwide.

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UKRI press release