COVID-19 research

Information for patients and the public

A remarkable national public effort

Over a million people have now participated in COVID-19 research across the UK. NIHR data shows that a total of 1,075,000 participants have taken part in COVID-19 research, across more than 180 studies. Of these, more than 100 studies were funded by the NIHR, amounting to more than £108 million given to dedicated COVID-19 research.

For the latest news on the NIHRs response to the challenge of COVID-19, visit the NIHR COVID-19 webpage

Public participation in COVID-19 research is still vital to enable effective treatments to be identified, evidenced and made available to NHS patients.

In addition, hundreds of thousands of people have signed up to the NHS vaccine research registry - this means they can be contacted by researchers to take part in vaccine studies. These continue to be really important, as we strive to find the vaccines that work best for different groups of people. 

As this is a rapidly moving area, we regularly update the news and Q&As about vaccine research for those interested in taking part.

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More about COVID-19

COVID-19 or Corona Virus Disease 2019 is the illness caused by coronavirus that can affect the lungs and airways. The UKRI website explains the facts about the virus, disease and the epidemic

To keep updated with the latest information, visit the UK Government website.  You might also find it useful to read the latest Government information about NHS Test and Trace in England. There is separate guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

COVID and Me

This latest collection of short videos helps members of the public understand and appreciate what's involved in vaccine research, so that as many people can take part in vaccine research as possible. Each story is based on real patient experiences and conversations.  

The vaccine films build on the success of COVID and Me, which is a collection of seven short films that illustrate how people from different communities have been affected by the pandemic and underlines the importance of COVID-19 research. They are stories based on real patient experiences and conversations about how COVID-19 has affected them.

 

The vaccine films build on the success of COVID and Me, which is a collection of seven short films that illustrate how people from different communities have been affected by the pandemic and underlines the importance of COVID-19 research. They are stories based on real patient experiences and conversations about how COVID-19 has affected them.