Are you considering conducting a vaccine trial? Are you looking for groups to collaborate with? Do you want to let others know that you would like to collaborate with another group?
The ongoing establishment of The Global Health Network's 'COVID-19 Working Groups' aims to address the discussion and gather consensus on the emerging COVID-19 research gaps across low-resource settings. This working group is set up to work around ways to enable COVID-19 vaccine development.
Over 150 researchers from across the globe working or wanting to work in vaccines have come together in this group to discuss ideas, form collaborations, access funding as well as share outputs and resources that others can use. There is so much experience that can be applied here - let's use that to help this immediate need to supporting research everywhere there are cases, now!
On the 10th June, The Global Health Network supported the first virtual team meeting for the ‘Vaccines Open Working Group’. The meeting was organised in response to questions raised in COVID-19 workshops which highlighted the need for greater discussion around vaccine development within this COVID-19 pandemic.
Following this first meeting, suggested starting points to work on were:
1) Writing a position paper highlighting priority related to vaccine development to influence research priorities amongst vaccine developers.
2) Running a vaccine trial: some of the members would be interested and have different background experiences but without protocols or sponsors. This WG could be used as an opportunity to work together (multicentred) and escape the situation of several poorly resourced, similar, weak studies being done with little amount of data.
Following this first meeting, team leaders met on the 29th of July and decided to start writing the outline of the discussion paper. The coordinatos then met on the 22nd of August, where they discuss and agreeed on the final outline. Coordinators have now started writting the discussion paper.
An update on this will be posted soon.
Vaccines Research Resources
As part of the COVID-19 Research Implementation Hub,
Here you are able to find all the working documents from the different WGs for you to comment on;
If you are interesting please register here and we will be in touch!
We look forward to hearing back from you and hope we can work together to support a strong and equitable global research response during this Pandemic