The Nuffield Council on Bioethics warmly welcomes news of the Health Research Authority (HRA) public involvement service for COVID-19 studies.
All applicants for HRA approvals for COVID-19 research are strongly encouraged to involve people with relevant lived experience in the design, conduct, and dissemination of their studies. To support this, the HRA has established a public involvement matching service to connect researchers and public involvement networks. As of 4 June, the database has details of 21 networks across the UK ready to support COVID-19 research.
The Nuffield Council is a strong proponent of community and patient engagement in research. We believe that involving people at all stages of research is a vital part of conducting research ethically. We are pleased to share the news of this important and timely HRA initiative.
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12 May 2021
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20 Apr 2021
Vaccine access and uptake
This briefing note explores factors influencing the access and uptake of vaccines; the different approaches taken by public health authorities to promote vaccines; and the ethical considerations that arise in this context.
Around this time last year, I packed up my office laptop and cheerily bid farewell to colleagues, assuring them I’d see them “in a few weeks” once lockdown was over. Reader, it was not a few weeks. Over a year to the day, I have yet to return to any office and indeed, having joined the Nuffield Council a couple of months into lockdown, have yet to meet many of my new colleagues in the flesh.
30 Mar 2021