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NIHR's response to COVID-19

Leading the way through research

The NIHR is playing a critical role in the fight against COVID-19. We are funding, enabling and delivering ground-breaking research that is helping to save lives in the UK and around the world. Our research is informing government policy, and providing NHS doctors and nurses with the tools they need to prevent and treat COVID-19.  By being embedded in the NHS, we are able to be respond quickly and prioritise research based on science, relevance and feasibility; research studies that we identify as urgent public health studies. Now that vaccines are in widespread use, our attention is increasing is on the long-term consequences of COVID-19.
Collaboration is at the core of our response to the pandemic. We work with with the NHS, regulators, commercial partners or the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Nearly one million people are already taking part in our research studies.  This involvement and participation by members of the public is key to the success of our research.

The world faces an unprecedented challenge in our efforts to tackle the spread of COVID-19 and it is vital we harness our research capabilities to the fullest extent to limit the outbreak, and protect life.

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer and NIHR Co-Lead

Here are five examples of ways our research has helped combat COVID-19 in the last year. To find out more about how our work is making a difference visit the sections below.
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Our response to the pandemic

COVID-19 updates

If you’re a member of the research community you'll also find more information on support, funding and guidance in relation to COVID-19 research in the other sections of our website including:

 View all our COVID-19 updates

Important announcements

RECOVERY trial investigates baricitinib as potential COVID-19 treatment

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Arthritis drugs effective in improving survival in sickest COVID-19 patients

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Novavax COVID-19 vaccine 89.3% effective

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