NIH Announces Research Strategy for COVID-19

April 29, 2020 by Alec Stone MA, MPA, Former ONS Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy

From international guidelines to economic stimulus and legislative support, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is now global leaders’ top priority. Leading the research efforts is the National Institutes for Health’s (NIH's) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). As NIAID’s director for more than 30 years, Anthony Fauci, MD is one of the few, regular faces associated with COVID-19 in the United States. On April 23, 2020, the agency announced that it will spearhead a strategic plan ( to research a vaccine for COVID-19. 

The plan has four key parts:  

NIH Director Francis Collins cited NIH's work ( in a blog post about the challenges of tracking COVID-19’s spread. He pointed to some promising discoveries but admitted that much is still unknown.  

“Of course, all these approaches depend upon widespread access to point-of-care testing that can give rapid results,” Collins said, asking the public to continue reviewing NIH’s website ( for more details. 

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