This site is intended for Healthcare Professionals only.

UK backs Covid-19 immunity studies with £8.4m

Date:

Share post:

The United Kingdom will back three nationwide Covid-19 studies with £8.4 million to fund research into understanding human immune responses to the pandemic coronavirus.

The funds, from UK Research and Innovation and the National Institute for Health Research, will help scientists develop better immunity tests, study the body’s immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and understand why some people suffer life-threatening Covid-19 while others have mild or asymptomatic infections.

“Together, it is hoped these studies will improve the treatment of patients and inform the development of vaccines and therapies,” the funding bodies said in a joint statement.

“Importantly, these studies will determine when and how immunity persists or whether people can become re-infected (with Covid-19).”

The funding will be split between the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium, which will get 6.5 million pounds to study how effective immunity is developed and why people respond differently to the disease, and another research collaboration which will get 1.5 million to study the humoral immune response – molecules produced by the immune system to fight infection.

Just under 400,000 pounds will fund a third project looking at key features of fatal Covid-19 and the impact the virus has upon the lungs and other vital organs.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Current Issue March 2024

Related articles

Europe Sees Surge in Generic Medicines Withdrawals; UK Faces Doubling of Drug Shortages

Generic medicines for cancer and mental health on the Union List of Critical Medicines are disappearing, study reveals...

NHS to support newly-trained pharmacists with new £1.5 million investment

The new initiative is set to create highly-skilled placement opportunities in community pharmacies, GP surgeries, and care homes...

Professor Mahendra Patel joins UK Pharmacy Professional Leadership Advisory Board

The nine independent expert members of the UK Pharmacy Professional Leadership Advisory Board announced   Professor Mahendra Patel OBE,...

Silent suffering: 12k NHS staff reluctant to share mental health and well-being struggles

Latest UNISON survey underscores mental health absence affecting over 30 per cent of NHS staff including paramedics, and...