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.
The prospect of safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 is good news for everyone towards the end of a grim year. Of course, caution is still advisable with as yet no certainty as to how long the vaccine might work or whether there might be adverse side effects for certain groups. There are also a host of ethical issues that need to be addressed.
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