Preparedness needs research: How fundamental science and international collaboration accelerated the response to COVID-19

Cormac M Kinsella, Pauline Dianne Santos, Ignacio Postigo-Hidalgo, Alba Folgueiras-González, Tim Casper Passchier, Kevin P Szillat, Joyce Odeke Akello, Beatriz Álvarez-Rodríguez, Joan Martí-Carreras

The ESRs of HONOURs present a beautiful overview on the exceptional response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Sustained by unique information sharing efforts, the diagnostics, contact tracing procedures, vaccine development, and antiviral therapies are at an all-time high. The young researchers conclude there is a need to build on this success, with further promoting of fundamental research capacity and networks of collaboration.

Published October 2020 in PLOS PATHOGENS


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Host switching pathogens, infectious outbreaks and zoonosis; a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 721367.