COVID-19 Information and FAQs

Links and resources for the research community at VCH.

A new coronavirus is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory infections, now known as COVID-19. The number of cases worldwide is changing quickly. At this time, the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for the general population in Canada, but this could change. Information on the prevention, transmission, symptoms and treatment of COVID-19 can be found on the Government of Canada website.

Provincial Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the BC Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are leading the coordinated response to COVID-19. 

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, VCHRI will follow the decision as outlined by UBC for research (subject to the directives implemented by the health authority research institutes for clinical trials and REB-approved clinical research). We are starting to plan towards resuming a restricted level of research from the beginning of June, adopting a gradual approach over the summer months. Read more on phased resumption planning.

Information on conducting research activities during this time can be found below:

See the following sites for situation updates, additional information and FAQs:

Vancouver Coastal Health -

University of British Columbia -

UBC Faculty of Medicine -

BC Centre for Disease Control -

Public Health Agency of Canada -

BC Academic Health Science Network -

COVID-19 Provinical Support - Supply Products and Services to Support B.C.'s COVID-19 Response

VCH is accepting donations to bolster medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and show your support.

COVID-19 research opportunities - REACH BC


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